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Mario Balotelli blasts big-spending PSG and claims Ligue 1 leaders are ‘not a team’

French giants have rocked the football world with their lavish spending, including the £198m arrival of Neymar from Barcelona, but still flopped in the Champions League

Mario Balotelli has blasted big-spending Paris Saint-Germain and claims they are “not a team” despite their huge outlay.

The Nice striker and his team-mates face the Ligue 1 leaders this afternoon.


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Mario Balotelli has blasted Paris Saint-Germain ahead of Nice's Ligue 1 clash with the leaders

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Mario Balotelli has blasted Paris Saint-Germain ahead of Nice’s Ligue 1 clash with the leaders

Bu the ex-Manchester City and Liverpool ace took a swipe at the giants ahead of the clash by insisting that fixture does not hold any extra significance despite their star-studded squad.

Speaking to Canal+, the 27-year-old said: “Paris are like Guingamp, they’re a Ligue 1 team.

“I don’t care if it’s PSG. It doesn’t make any difference.

“This season I have never watched PSG, only the last game against Real Madrid.


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PSG have spent a fortune assembling their star-studded squad, including a world-record £198m on Neymar

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PSG have spent a fortune assembling their star-studded squad, including a world-record £198m on Neymar

Balotelli claims despite that spending, PSG are still 'not a team'

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Balotelli claims despite that spending, PSG are still ‘not a team’

“They deserved to lose.”

PSG, who are 14 points clear at the top, have made headlines around the globe due to their lavish spending.

The most notable arrival was the world-record £198m move that brought Neymar to the club from Barcelona.

But Balotelli insists there is more to football than just assembling an expensive squad.

The Italian said: “Money allows you to buy big players, but not a team.”

Meanwhile, Balotelli has bagged 22 goals in 30 games for Nice this season.

Balotelli has scored 22 goals in 30 games for Nice this season

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Balotelli has scored 22 goals in 30 games for Nice this season

And although he acknowledges his form has been impressive, he still believes he has more to give.

He added: “I think this has been one of the best seasons of my career.

“But I can do a lot more. I hope the best is yet to come.”