Italy legend Andrea Pirlo has expressed his frustration at Mario Balotelli’s lack of development.
Balotelli is currently still on the books of Liverpool and Pirlo has urged the star not to continue to waste his talent as the striker is running out of time to reach his potential.
The ability of the player has stunted over recent seasons despite his marvelous promised at a youngster at Inter Milan and then Manchester City.
‘He frustrates me, but I do have so much affection for Mario,’ Pirlo told the Mirror.
Pirlo is convinced Balotelli still has the qualities to become a world class striker.
‘Mario should not just be a character the media write about for good stories. We shouldn’t forget what a special player he is.
‘I have played with some of the best strikers, and I can tell you Mario has all the attributes to be one of the best strikers in the world.’
Nevertheless, the iconic midfielder has revealed he has no further advice for the player.
‘He still has time to make it at the very top. [But] He needs to pick his next club carefully… If he has two or three good seasons at his next club, he will still only be 28 and could join one of the top clubs in Europe.
‘I don’t have any advice for him anymore, he knows the qualities that he has. From this point, it’s up to Mario,’ Pirlo concluded.