AC Milan striker wants to rid the world of racism ‘scourge’
The 23-year-old also admitted that if he is a victim to any racial abuse, he is more likely to redouble his efforts to score a goal than leave the field.
The striker revealed these details in an interview with American magazine Sports Illustrated, on whose cover he will feature labelled ‘The Most Interesting Man In The World.
On football’s continuing battle with racism, he likened efforts to drive the prejudice from the game to an individual’s efforts in giving up smoking.
“You can not stop racism if people do not really want”, he clarified, before explaining what he would do if he was a victim of racial abuse during the season, which sees his team open with a game against newly-promoted Hellas Verona.
“I will try to score with all the strength that I have in my body. And when I score, it will tell them something”
The former Manchester City man also admitted he was aware of the influence he may have over younger generations, and indicated a determination to try and do the right thing.
“If young people see me as a role model, this becomes a great responsibility for me” he acknowledged, before clarifying that he takes inspiration from his parents.
“If I do something spectacular in my work and I make mistakes as a person, they are not happy, because they want that their son to be a man first and a great player afterwards”.
Balotelli went on to concede that he had grown up a lot since joining the Rossoneri, admitting that he had been a bit of a party animal during his time in Manchester.