Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli claims a meeting with Ronaldo would help “change” him.
Balotelli has failed to live up to the big fee City paid for him last summer, instead finding himself writing headlines for the wrong reasons.
The 20-year-old arrived from Inter Milan with the fiery reputation and he enhanced that image by needlessly getting himself sent off during the recent Europa League meeting with Dynamo Kiev.
Balotelli, himself, admits he does need to change his ways, and claims he would be inspired by a meeting with former World Footballer of the Year Ronaldo.
The Italian said: “I have never met him, but when you see the idol of a lifetime it can change you. It can change your way of being.
“I don't know how I can explain it. There are many great players, but Ronaldo was the greatest and so one word from him is worth more than a thousand of all the others.”
He added: “In any case, I already behave myself fairly well, but I'll try to stop doing those stupid little things. These things happen.”