Balotelli destined to score on debut
Milan’s vice-president Adriano Galliani has suggested that Mario Balotelli’s Rossonero debut was almost as if it was written in the stars
Balotelli, who only started due to a warm-up injury to Giampaolo Pazzini, opened his account for Milan by bagging a brace in the dying minutes of the game to hand his new side a 2-1 win over Udinese.
The win moved Milan into fourth place and Galliani believes the striker was destined to score.
“He is a big-time player and he started after Pazzini got injured; football is strange,” said Galliani after the game.
“Balotelli's two goals were a sign of fate and he could have scored after 35 seconds. I didn't see the second goal because I was in the dressing room.”
The Rossoneri now have the most feared attack in the league with Stephan El Shaarawy, Balotelli and Mbaye Niang completing Sunday’s attacking trident, while Bojan Krkic, Pazzini and Robinho still sat out.
"We don't have [Lionel] Messi but we have Balotelli,” added Galliani. “This attack reminds me of Barcelona and we will see the benefit in terms of sponsors because he is only 22 and he has great potential."