Balotelli: Playing against Ronaldo doesn’t excite me

first_imgMario Balotelli has admitted he doesn’t “really care” about playing against Cristiano Ronaldo as he looks set to make his Brescia debut against the Juventus star.The 29-year has returned for his fourth stint in Italy with the Le Rondinelle but has been absent for their first four Serie A games because of a suspension earned at his previous club Marseille.Balotelli insists his focus is on finding the back of the net in his first Brescia appearance and he is not fussed about sharing the same pitch as Ronaldo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “Does it excite me to play against [Ronaldo]? I really don’t care,” Balotelli told DAZN . “He is a great champion, he is the best in the world with Messi. It is nice to play against him but I do not get excited.”I will try to score goals, as in all the other matches I play.”The match will be Balotelli’s first competitive outing since being shown a straight red card in his last game for Marseille on May 24.Balotelli Italy PolandHowever, while the Italian striker feels it may take some time for him to develop match sharpness, he says his body is in the same shape as it was when he played for Manchester City.”I feel comfortable [in my preparation],” he said. “In the last month and a half, I have worked more than I did in the last 10 years of my career.”I don’t care about who [I’m playing], I care only about playing and feeling good.”It is normal that I won’t have the rhythm of the game just yet – because I’ve only played two friendlies so far and you can only find the rhythm by playing.”But one thing is certain, in terms of my weight and shape, I’ve never been like this. The last time I weighed this amount I played for Manchester City and I was 20 years old.”Back playing in Italy for the first time since a stint with Milan in 2015-16, Balotelli is hoping to catch the eye of national team coach Roberto Mancini ahead of the European Championships next summer.The last time he played for the Azzurri was in a September 2018 Nations League match against Poland , and he has only earned three of his 36 caps in the last five years.”My goal is [to be in the Euros],” Balotelli said. “But now I can’t think about it. “My personal wish is for it to be a great tournament for me and the team.”I just have to work to get back to my best form, at 200 per cent, as soon as possible.”last_img read more

NCL Offers Free Airfare For Cruises to Hawaii, The Caribbean and Top Destinations

first_img-Limited-Time Offer Features Free and Reduced Airfare for Cruises Sailing Throughout North America and the Caribbean, Beginning November 2018  -Valid for New Reservations and at Over 100 Airports in the U.S. and Canada  MIAMI (Oct. 5, 2018) – Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in cruise travel, today announced an expansion of the free and reduced roundtrip airfare offer for new reservations on select cruises sailing from November 2018 through September 2019. The company has extended the recent free and reduced airfare offer for Norwegian Joy’s inaugural season in Alaska in 2019 to include additional itineraries sailing from the U.S. This limited-time offer is available through October 16 for sailings to the Caribbean and North America, with no official end date for Hawaii cruises. The promotion includes free or reduced roundtrip economy class airfare for up to two guests from over 100 airports across the U.S. and Canada flying to Norwegian’s most popular homeports including Honolulu, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Port Canaveral, San Juan, Seattle and Tampa. Guests reserving an oceanview, balcony and mini-suite stateroom receive free or discounted airfare from select gateways.  The Haven and Concierge level receive complimentary airfare at all eligible airports. The Free Air promotion is also combinable with Norwegian’s Unlimited Internet Package, and Norwegian’s Free at Sea offer, which allows guests to select up to five specified amenities of their choosing. Available on 12 of Norwegian’s award-winning ships, including Norwegian’s newest sister ships: Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Bliss, the promotion applies to select sailings of the brand’s top itineraries including Alaska, Bahamas and Florida; Bermuda; the Caribbean; Canada and New England; Hawaii; Mexican Riviera; and the Panama Canal. “We believe the vacation experience begins well before our guests board our ships, and that the perfect cruising getaway includes a stress-free way of getting there,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “The overwhelming success of our Free Air promotion with Norwegian Joy has proven that our guests feel the same, and inspired us to expand the promotion to allow for even greater access to more of our incredible destinations.” The limited-time Free Air offer is also available for new reservations on Pride of America, the only ship to offer seven-day inter-island Hawaii cruises from Honolulu.  The promotion is available in all stateroom categories, excluding Sail Away categories and must be combined with a one-night pre-cruise hotel stay. The Free Air promotion is based upon availability and offered through October 16 for select sailings to the Caribbean and North America, with no official end date for Hawaii cruises at this time.  The promotion includes roundtrip economy class airfare from select airports.  It is not applicable with Sail Away categories.  Additional terms and conditions may apply. For more information about the free air fare offer or to book a cruise aboard one of Norwegian’s ships, please contact a travel professional; call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784); or visit  About Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 51-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising.  Most notably, Norwegian revolutionized the cruise industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal cruise vacation on their schedule with no set dining times, a variety of entertainment options and no formal dress codes. Today, Norwegian invites guests to enjoy a relaxed, resort-style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea with a wide variety of accommodations options, including The Haven by Norwegian®, a luxury enclave with suites, a private pool and dining, concierge service and personal butlers. Norwegian Cruise Line sails around the globe, offering guests the freedom and flexibility to explore the world on their own time and experience up to 27 dining options, award-winning entertainment, superior guest service and more across all of the brand’s 16 ships. For further information on Norwegian Cruise Line visit; contact us in the U.S. and Canada at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784); or follow us on the following social channels for the latest company news & exclusive content: Facebook, Instagram and YouTube: @NorwegianCruiseLine; Twitter and Snapchat: @CruiseNorwegian; and WeChat: @gonclcn. High resolution, downloadable images are available at read more