Italian international striker Mario Balotelli has signed with the Monza team in the domestic second division, owned by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Next June, the Lombard club announced on Monday.
The club stated that “the support came with Mario Balotelli, who signed a contract until June 30, 2021,” and Monza aspires to climb to the first division at the end of the current season. However, last season he hardly climbed to the second division.
The club had previously announced the signing of the former striker for Milan, Inter, Manchester City and Liverpool on Saturday by Adriano Galliani, Berlusconi’s right-hand man who was president of Milan in the glory days of the Lombard club.
— AC Monza (@ACMonza) December 7, 2020
Since last summer, after his contract with Brescia expired, Balotelli, who has been without a team since last summer, underwent a routine medical examination on Monday before signing. He needs some weeks to regain match fitness.
The 30-year-old, 36 caps with 14 goals in the “Azzurri” shirt, failed last season to spare Brescia relegation to the second division after a successful trial in France with Nice and Marseille.
Monza transferred its ownership to Berlusconi in September 2018 for 3 million euros, a very modest figure compared to his deal to sell Milan in April 2017 for 740 million euros.