MARIO BALOTELLI’S antics look set to continue both on and off the field this year according to Ladbrokes.
The bookies make him odds-on at 8/11 to see red again this season but such is his talent that he’s also just 2/1 to grab a league hattrick during the remainder of the campaign. He’s 16/1 to win the prestigious PFA player of the year award next season and 25/1 to go one better and lift the Ballon d’Or.
In response to talk of unrest in this country he can be backed at 11/5 to not be a Premier League player for the first game of next season but remains odds-on at 1/3 to stay.
The madcap Italian’s crazy personal life means that another hefty cash donation to a member of the public can’t be ruled out at 1/4 while he’s 1/3 to be spotted out on the town with Manchester’s students. Should his acts of generosity continue, the bookies will have to slash his current quote of 100/1 for TIME’s man of the year award. He’s also 500/1 to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “Punters look set to profit if Balotelli’s roller coaster ride continues this year. Whilst he’s likely to get his marching orders again this season we expect him to right his wrongs with another charitable act.”
He added: “Providing he stays and focuses on his game we think he’s got the talent to be a real contender for top awards next season.”
Ladbrokes latest betting
Mario Balotelli specials
To be a Premier League player for the first game of next season
Yes – 1/3
No – 11/5
To score a hat-trick in the remainder of the season (Premier League only) – 2/1
To win next season’s Ballon d’Or – 25/1
To win next season’s PFA player of the year award – 16/1
To be sent off in the Premier League for the remainder of the season – 8/11
To be TIME person of the year in 2012 – 100/1
To make a cash charitable donation to an individual of over £1000 during 2012 – 1/4 (*must be confirmed in media/by Balotelli or official spokesperson)
To be spotted on a student night out in Manchester in 2012 – 1/3
To win the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize – 500/1