A figure loved and loathed in equal measure, Super Mario is never less than gripping entertainment.
Briefly with Lumezzane, he was snapped up by Inter where he showed how inspirational and infuriating he can be.
A move to Manchester City provided more of the same but he shared their league glory with a pass to set up Sergio Aguero’s title-winning strike.
Why always him? Nobody will care too much if he helps deliver Euro 2012 for Italy.
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