Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli rates his form in recent seasons as no more than "five out...
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli rates his form in recent seasons as no more than "five out of 10" but the enigmatic star still harbours ambitions to win the prestigious Ballon d'Or award.
Balotelli was tipped for stardom after impressing as a youngster at Inter, but the Italy international has seen his progress stagnate.
"I have not done enough in recent years. I can do much better. But it takes time. On a scale of one to 10, I have only reached five. But I will get to 10 eventually, because that is my goal," Balotelli told Corriere della Sera.
"I want to win the Ballon d'Or. Although I realise I got stuck at five out of 10 in the last two years when my goal was to get closer to 10. I know people will laugh when I say I want the Ballon d'Or. I have not done everything needed to become the best.
But the most important thing is that I have realised my mistakes and it is not too late yet. I don't want to reach the end of my career thinking that I have not done everything to become the best.
"Until two years ago I was happy with what I had. I was doing well and I was happy with the way things were, even if I was aware of my flaws. I was not thinking about improving.
"I started working harder two years ago, even if the results are not there yet. Maybe I am paying for the previous 23 years. But I am calm. I know that things have changed for me over the past two years."