Mario Balotelli started for Italy in its Euro 2012 opener against Spain and even in a match filled with brilliant talents playing for the last two World Cup winners, even though he was still largely the center of attention. He earned a yellow card in the 37th minute, seeming to forget his vow to keep himself under control during the tournament, and in the 53rd minute he squandered his excellent move to strip the ball off of Sergio Ramos to give himself a one vs. one against Iker Casillas by simply not shooting before Ramos chased him down and stripped him from behind.
Mario was then substituted in the 57th minute for 34-year-old Antonio Di Natale, who scored with his first touch to put Italy up 1-0, but Spain equalized three minutes later and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Actually, nobody knows what happened to Mario Balotelli when he was alone in front of their keeper Iker Casillas. And once again, we have to say: “The Balotelli’s world, you will never know!”
Here’s actual video of the chance Balotelli didn’t take…
Other Questionable Mario Balotelli Moments…
What could possibly top all that? The unconfirmed story that Mario’s mum, after consultations with his new cleaner, sent her lad off to John Lewis to buy a list of supplies including an iron, a mop and a Hoover. A few hours later, Mario’s car pulled up with a van behind – which promptly unloaded a giant trampoline, two Vespa scooters and no cleaning products whatsoever…
Within days of joining Manchester City, Balotelli was involved in a car crash. It was reported that Balotelli was carrying £5000 cash at the time – and that when a police officer asked why he had such a large sum of cash Balotelli replied: “Because I am rich“.
In October 2011, Mario and 17-year-old brother Enock were arrested strolling through the grounds of a women’s prison in Brescia, near Milan. Balo is said to have told police that curiosity got the better of him and “just fancied having a look“.
Balotelli has also been subjected to tabloid rumors about him confronting a bully in a school after querying why a young City fan was not at school and giving £1000 to a homeless man on the streets of Manchester, allegations which subsequently turned out to be false.
If this bib-related confusion had happened to any other player, it would have been the No.1 highlight of their careers. With Mario, it’s not even in the top three:
In September 2011, Balotelli was reportedly seen using his iPad whilst on the substitutes’ bench for Italy during their game with the Faroe Islands, although he denied this on a visit to a prison later that week. Balotelli has turned the garden of his Manchester home into a racetrack for quadbikes.
Balotelli celebrated his goal against Manchester United in October 2011 by unveiling a shirt with the words: “Why always me?” on it – a celebration which seemingly disputes the accuracy of newspaper reports.
The day before the match a firework was set off in Balotelli’s home, and later that week he was unveiled as an ambassador for firework safety. On 5 November 2011, at the annual fireworks display at Edenbridge, Kent, a 12 m tall effigy of Balotelli was burned.
Mario’s work in the FA Cup final against Stoke was exemplary, but he saved his best for the post-match TV interview. Asked if that had been his best game of the season, he replied with the words: “My whole season was shit. Can I say that?” Er, no.
In December 2011, Balotelli broke a 48-hour curfew before City’s game against Chelsea to go to a curry house, although he “was not drinking alcohol, signed autographs, posed for pictures with fellow diners and was involved in a mock sword-fight using rolling pins”. The club launched an internal investigation and he could face disciplinary action. In the same month, it was reported that Balotelli visited his local church where he donated £200 and then visited a pub in Chorlton-cum-Hardy where he bought a £1000 round. Balotelli’s jaunt and donation to church was later confirmed by the church’s priest.
Balotelli made an unexpected appearance at Andrea Stramaccioni’s first press conference as Inter Milan coach on March 2012. Balotelli nonchalantly entered the press room, before proceeding to the interviewee podium to shake Stramaccioni’s hand and those of other people at the podium before leaving the press conference amidst some laughter from the audience.
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