When Phil Foden tackled Mario Balotelli at 10 / England / Manchester City / SOFOOT.com

A quick DeLorean ride with Foden.

A video has emerged on social media showing Phil Foden, then just ten years old, being asked about then-Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli. The journalist of the Italian program Which studio has Voi Stadio then asks him: “What is your opinion of Mario Balotelli? » What the kid arrived at Citizens in 2009 responds: « He’s a good player, but he has a bad attitude off the pitch. » A response that seems shared by his young teammates, some of whom respond  » Yes  » as a sign of approval.

Phil Foden, eleven years later, is now one of Manchester City’s most important players. In 20 appearances in all competitions this season, the 21-year-old nugget has scored seven goals and provided six assists. If he has also been sanctioned for a few misadventures in a nightclub, the English international is a far cry from the setbacks of Mario Balotelli, whom José Mourinho had described as a « unmanageable » . The current Adana Demirspor player had notably been involved in a car accident, thrown a dart at a young player and set off fireworks in his house, setting fire to his bathroom.

The truth comes out of the mouths of children.

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