He told Gazzetta dello Sport: â€śBalotelli has the great gift of talent, as he knows how to treat the ball a certain way and find the net. In Brazil this is already enough for us to be won over by a player.
â€śHowever, it is not enough for what Balotelli could become. He mustnâ€™t use his age or his talent as an excuse to do the odd stupid thing on the pitch.
â€śIf a striker knows how to play, they are going to provoke him and give him a beating. I know full well, but if I had reacted every time someone kicked me... We have all done silly things in our lives, but we must realise when itâ€™s time to stop. Count to five before responding.
â€śI am reminded of Adriano, although his case was very different to that of Balotelli. Adriano had incredible technique and physicality, so he couldâ€™ve done anything he wanted to on the pitch, but at a certain point he couldnâ€™t take it anymore.
â€śThe advice I give Balotelli is this: do not waste your talent. At the MaracanĂ you can tell who is a real player and who is bluffing, so I tell him not to be over-awed by the atmosphere. Playing there does give you goosebumps, as itâ€™s the most beautiful stadium in the world. Iâ€™ve never been able to score a professional goal at the MaracanĂ .â€ť