Mario Balotelli mourns Piermario Morosini loss

Mario Balotelli
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Mario Balotelli reveals his shock at the tragic death of Italian midfielder Piermario Morosini.

Mario Balotelli has said that Piermario Morosini's death has taught him to appreciate life.

The 25-year-old collapsed during Livorno's Serie B clash with Pescara.

The Manchester City striker played with Morosini in Italy's U21 team and said that he was shocked by the tragic midfielder's sudden death.

"He was an absolutely lovely lad. I was shocked when I heard," said Balotelli. "I couldn't believe it and hoped it was just some horrible prank.

"This makes me reflect on many things in my life. It teaches me to appreciate life, respect it and experience it with caution and dignity."

Morosini was on loan at Livorno from Serie A side Udinese.

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