Inter Milan striker Balotelli: Totti said he would break me

Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli says he's lost all respect for Roma captain Francesco Totti after their Coppa Italia clash.

Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli says he's lost all respect for Roma captain Francesco Totti after their Coppa Italia clash.

Totti was sent-off for a horrible kick out at the young striker after the pair had exchanged verbal barbs.

“Totti’s insults hurt me more than the kick I received,” the Inter striker told Vanity Fair.

“He was someone I admired. I have no problems controlling myself. I have never hurt anyone or reacted physically to provocation.

“I will admit I can use words to hit back, but if it does happen then I do admit to it. Real men don’t hide behind someone else. I cannot say that same about Totti.”

The Roma star claimed Balotelli had continually provoked him, calling him ‘granddad’ and suggesting his career was finished. In turn, Balo insisted Totti used a racist epithet – something the veteran absolutely denied.

“I just told him something like: ‘Are you going to keep playing or act like a baby?’ He replied with a racist term,” alleged Balotelli.

“Then I heard him tell Thiago Motta: ‘Now I’ll break him.’ I smiled and walked away. After that, I got kicked. I didn’t even understand at the time, it was only watching the footage that I realised how he kicked me.

“In any case, the insult hurt me more than the kick. Totti was someone I admired.”

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