Everything you need to know about Mario Balotelli

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Liverpool signed Italy striker Mario Balotelli from AC Milan for 16 million pounds ($26.5 million) on Monday, taking a calculated gamble on a headline-grabbing player known as much for his controversies as his goals.

Nineteen months after ending a 2 1/2-year spell with Manchester City to play for his boyhood club, Balotelli will return to the English Premier League as a replacement for Luis Suarez - another of world football's talented but disruptive stars.
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FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2013, file photo, Italy's Mario Balotelli lies on the pitch during a 2014 FIFA World Cup, Group B, qualification match between Italy and Armenia in Naples, Italy. Italy's intentions will likely depend on the wavering ways of talented forward Mario Balotelli, whose mood swings often get him into trouble both on and off the field. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
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FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2013, file photo, Italy's Mario Balotelli lies on the pitch during a 2014 FIFA World Cup, Group B, qualification match between Italy and Armenia in Naples, Italy. Italy's intentions will likely depend on the wavering ways of talented forward Mario Balotelli, whose mood swings often get him into trouble both on and off the field. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Livorno at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Livorno at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, April 19, 2014
AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Livorno at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Italy forward Mario Balotelli, right, and teammate midfielder Antonio Candreva walk on the field after their teammate Claudio Marchisio scored during a friendly World Cup preparation soccer match between Italy and Luxembourg in Perugia, Italy, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Italy opens its Brazilian World Cup campaign against England in Group D on June 14 then faces Costa Rica on June 20 and Uruguay on June 24. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Italy forward Mario Balotelli, right, and teammate midfielder Antonio Candreva walk on the field after their teammate Claudio Marchisio scored during a friendly World Cup preparation soccer match between Italy and Luxembourg in Perugia, Italy, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Italy opens its Brazilian World Cup campaign against England in Group D on June 14 then faces Costa Rica on June 20 and Uruguay on June 24
Italy forward Mario Balotelli, right, and teammate midfielder Antonio Candreva walk on the field after their teammate Claudio Marchisio scored during a friendly World Cup preparation soccer match between Italy and Luxembourg in Perugia, Italy, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Italy opens its Brazilian World Cup campaign against England in Group D on June 14 then faces Costa Rica on June 20 and Uruguay on June 24. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Italy's Mario Balotelli eyes the ball during a training session in the rain, in Mangaratiba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Italy will play in group D of the Brazil 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Italy's Mario Balotelli eyes the ball during a training session in the rain, in Mangaratiba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Italy will play in group D of the Brazil 2014 soccer World Cup
Italy's Mario Balotelli eyes the ball during a training session in the rain, in Mangaratiba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Italy will play in group D of the Brazil 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
<span>RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Mario Balotelli of Italy's girlfriend Fanny Neguesha looks on during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Italy and Japan at Arena Pernambuco on June 19, 2013 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)</span>
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RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Mario Balotelli of Italy's girlfriend Fanny Neguesha looks on during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Italy and Japan at Arena Pernambuco on June 19, 2013 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Italy&#39;s Ignazio Abate, from left, Mario Balotelli and Ciro Immobile, right, run side by side during a training session in Mangaratiba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Italy will play in group D of the Brazil 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
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Italy's Ignazio Abate, from left, Mario Balotelli and Ciro Immobile, right, run side by side during a training session in Mangaratiba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Italy will play in group D of the Brazil 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Italy&#39;s coach Cesare Prandelli, left, talks with his players Mario Balotelli, center, and Andrea Pirlo during a training session for the World Cup in Mangaratiba, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The international soccer tournament starts on Thursday. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
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Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli, left, talks with his players Mario Balotelli, center, and Andrea Pirlo during a training session for the World Cup in Mangaratiba, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The international soccer tournament starts on Thursday. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
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