Mario Balotelli’s racking up speeding tickets like a soccer bad boy cliché

Mario Balotelli’s touch seems a little heavy, and that’s just when he’s on the road. Media reports suggest the occasional Liverpool striker may have to pay up to 10,000 euro (nearly $12,000) in speeding fines after allegedly committing 18 infractions in 2012 and 2013. That’s even more motoring offenses than Michael Caine committed in The Italian Job.

A court was told Balotelli was caught driving 200 kilometers per hour (124 mph) in a 130 zone. He drove cars including a Toyota Camry, a Chevrolet Malibu and a Kia Optima. No, wait, an Audi R8, a Porsche Spyder and a Ferrari. His loophole-hungry legal team is reportedly claiming that Balotelli didn’t receive the fines because he was living in England.

All in all it’s disappointing news, and Balotelli needs to take a long hard look at himself. For a man with such a reputation for eccentricity, a bunch of speeding fines in supercars is too predictable If Balotelli was going to get busted for traffic offenses, we’d have hoped it’d be something more original. Driving too slowly, say. Or cornering recklessly in a Segway. Or doing 18 0mph in a Prius. Maybe riding a horse through central Milan at rush hour.

Besides, $12,000 is peanuts compared to the impressive $640,000 in fines levied by German officials to Borussia Dortmund’s Premier League target Marco Reus for repeatedly driving without a license. Reus was quoted saying he made a mistake “taking that road,” while Dortmund boss Juergen Klopp said the player took a “wrong turn in his life.” Really.

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