AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has hit out at the media's portrayal of him.

Balotelli brands some of the reporting "close to criminal".

"Certain people really don't know how to make money in life and therefore try to take advantage of others," he said.

"Gossip is one thing, but what these people do is close to criminal. Many stories are invented about me, I'd say about 0.01% of them are true. Who uses me? Almost everyone."