Man City striker Balotelli shocked by Morosini death

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is shocked by the death of former Italy U21 teammate Piermario Morosini.

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is shocked by the death of former Italy U21 teammate Piermario Morosini.

The Udinese player collapsed and died in Saturday’s Pescara-Livorno Serie B game at the age of 25.

“He was an absolutely lovely lad,” Balotelli told news agency ANSA.

“It’s a terrible tragedy that teaches us to reflect on, appreciate and respect life. I was shocked when I heard of Morosini’s death. I couldn’t believe it and hoped it was just some horrible prank.

“He was such a nice guy, really golden. This makes me reflect on many things in my life. It teaches me to appreciate life, respect it and experience it with caution and dignity.”

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