1. ITV Report

Ciao Mario: Balotelli's best bits

Balotelli is expected to complete his transfer to AC Milan on Wednesday. Photo: PA

Mario Balotelli's imminent departure from Manchester City marks a sad moment for British football fans.

The Italian's eccentricities have provided a welcome antidote to the sensible, media-trained players of the modern game.

Here's why Super Mario will be missed:

1. Tripping up his £27m colleague

2. Having trouble with a training bib

Make that two training bibs.

3. Turning up to play for Man City's youth team

The striker scored two goals in the process. Credit: @mcfc

4. Fighting with his manager

Roberto Mancini later said the scrap was "nothing special". Credit: Eamonn & James Clarke

5. Surprising schoolchildren on a stadium tour

6. Celebrating international goals like this...

Balotelli played a starring role in getting Italy to the Euro 2012 final. Credit: PA

7. Telling our reporter 'I don't speak English' (in English)

8. Not smiling when he scores...

...because "I think that a striker has to score...it's my job."

9. Unashamed showmanship after scoring against City's rivals

The 'Why Always Me?' slogan became a cult hit. Credit: PA

10. Driving a camouflage car...

...to avoid being spotted. Credit: PA

11. Being Noel Gallagher's favourite player...

And not being that bothered about it.

12. Entertaining his guests with magic tricks...

...when the action on the pitch isn't interesting enough.

13. Remaining calm under pressure

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Nani and Anderson attempt to get their points across. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport