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Balotelli: I’ve Lived Like A Boy, But Now I’ll Live Like A Man

Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli has taken responsibility for his poor form with the Anfield club and vowed to grow up and work hard at AC Milan this season.

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The 25-year-old, who has been given a second chance at former team Milan, has promised he will learn from his mistakes, and admitted he needs to start growing up.

"I have played and lived as a boy. Now I will live and play as a man. I know that many do not believe in me, but I have a duty to try and to make sure I succeed," Balotelli told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"The past must be remembered to avoid making the same mistakes, but the future cannot be viewed through a rear-view mirror.

"The time has come to turn a page and look forward. Things haven't gone well. I have wasted several opportunities. But the game is not over, I still have a second chance."

The Italian has also set his sights on getting back into the national side – his last appeared for the team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"I have to do well with Milan in order to regain the Italy shirt. But, right now, I just have to work hard and take it one step at a time. If I can get things together, then maybe I can make it to France (for Euro 2016)," the striker added.

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Balotelli scored 26 goals in 43 league appearances in his first stint with Milan after a 2013 switch from Manchester City.

Do you think this is Balotelli's last chance to fulfil his potential? Have your say in the comments section below. 

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