I’m still trying to understand what it was like for Mario Balotelli to play football for Liverpool in the summer of 2010.
I was at his first game at Anfield, a 2-1 win against Newcastle United.
It was a beautiful day in the city, a beautiful afternoon with beautiful sunshine.
At half-time I noticed the sun had risen, and I knew that I’d be watching a fantastic game.
It seemed like a lifetime ago, but I remember it very clearly, and it was the start of something very special.
I can’t say it would be easy for a young boy to understand the emotions of the moment.
It’s easy to think that it’s a dream, that it can’t be achieved.
But football is a beautiful game, and that’s what it is for me, the same thing that makes me happy.
For a long time, my dream was to be a professional footballer.
When I first started to play, I never thought that it would come true.
The dream was unreal.
But then it happened, and the next day I had to say to myself, I’m going to be one of the best.
When it comes to being a footballer, you always think you can’t.
But I always thought that if you work hard and put in the work, then it will happen.
And for me to be able to be on the pitch and play every day was the dream of many players.
When you play, you think you’re invincible.
But when you win, it’s different.
You’re not invincible.
That’s the feeling I had when I played at Liverpool.
At first, I thought it would never happen.
But once I got to Anfield, and played with the best players, it was possible.
I started with a very small squad and I didn’t realise how much work it would take to achieve the best I wanted to.
I felt I had no choice but to give everything, and for me that was a great feeling.
I had a fantastic career at Liverpool, and now I’m happy to be here.
In 2010, I became a footballer.
At the beginning, I didn.
But it’s possible to overcome it.
You need to work for it.
And that’s why I feel so grateful to all my friends and colleagues at Liverpool who have supported me during my time at the club.
It has been a huge honour to play with the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino, Philippe Costa and Jurgen Klopp.
I always want to thank them, and they’ve given me so much.
It feels really nice to be recognised and to be part of a great group of players who are very passionate about their craft.
You feel that it really means a lot to be with these guys.
Mario Balotelli was inspired when he watched his first Liverpool game, in 2010.
His father was a striker in Italy, and Mario was introduced to the sport by the great Paolo Di Canio, and Balotellini is the son of Italian legend Paolo.
He became a Liverpool fan at a young age and was already playing football in his native Italy when his father died a few years ago.
When he was in his early teens, he played on a club team in a small town in northern Italy.
Balotella’s mother, Andrea, is from Sardinia and was a footballer herself.
Andrea Baloteli’s son Mario, with his parents and wife Andrea, celebrates his goal against Newcastle.
Mario was the youngest of seven children, but has a unique talent for scoring goals.
He is considered one of football’s most exciting talents.
Mario’s father Paolo, with Mario and his family, celebrates the goal against Sunderland in 2010 The Balotells arrived at Anfield in 2010, after a six-month journey from the northern Italian city of Corfu.
At 15, Mario was already one of Italy’s top footballers.
He was recruited by the then-newly-founded Liverpool, who had already made an offer to Juventus for his brother and sister.
After a year in Italy and a couple of seasons in Serie A, Mario made his Liverpool debut against Newcastle in 2010 and won the Premier League and FA Cup with the Reds.
In the summer, Balotello left Liverpool for Milan, where he has been playing ever since.
It wasn’t always smooth sailing for the young striker.
At Liverpool, he was always overshadowed by his father.
“Paolo Di Casali was a legendary coach who taught me to fight hard and to work hard.
But at Liverpool he didn’t give me the respect I deserved,” Balotelle said.
“He was always trying to tell me to take it easy, and he told me not to focus on my weaknesses.
He said that I had better things to focus my time on.
And he was right.
I’m very proud of my contribution to the team.