London, Jan 6(ANI): Mario Balotelli's failure to win the Ballon d'Or this season due to his poor form of late has cost him a bonus of one million pounds from the English champions Manchester City.
The controversial Italian striker would have banked the incredible seven-figure bonus under the terms of his 170,000 pound-a-week contract if he had landed the World Footballer of the Year award in Zurich on Monday.
Balotelli was short-listed for the Ballon d'Or following his explosive exploits for Italy at Euro 2012, the Daily Mirror reports.
But the Italian forward has started just eight games this season and has scored one Premier League goal as Roberto Mancini's mistrust of the 24million pound striker has grown, it reported.
City write lucrative -bonus schedules into the contracts of all their players, and Sergio Aguero (below) and Yaya Toure were also in line to cash in after being named on the original long list for FIFA's top player award, the paper said.
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andreas Iniesta are now battling for the honour, which will be announced on Sunday. (ANI)