Mario Balotelli is a popular figure on Instagram, regularly posting videos and pictures on the social media platform for his 8 million-plus followers. However, the former Manchester City star did something on Sunday rarely done on a football field. Playing for Marseille in France’s Ligue 1, the Italy striker scored with a brilliant overhead kick and then did the unthinkable. After the wonder goal Mario Balotelli, collected his phone from a from a cameraman before filming his celebrations with team-mates and uploading it on Instagram. The 28-year-old then carried on playing.
Here is the goal celebration that has gone viral:
A post shared by Mario Balotelli (@mb459) on Mar 3, 2019 at 2:10pm PST
The 28-year-old forward is not the first player to produce a selfie-based goal celebration. Roma great Francesco Totti took a picture of himself after scoring in the Serie A against Lazio in the capital-city derby in 2015.
Balotelli scored his fourth goal in six Ligue 1 games since joining Marseille from Nice in January by hooking home Florian Thauvin’s 12th-minute corner with an excellent acrobatic volley.
Marseille doubled their advantage nine minutes later through a Thauvin penalty and closed out the win with ease.
“Balotelli takes the pressure, he takes the limelight. He reminds me of (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic and he scored an Ibrahimovic goal,” said Saint-Etienne coach Jean-Louis Gasset.
“He has brought back the public, the confidence, and many of his teammates will raise their level of play.”
Rudi Garcia’s men have now taken 13 points from their last five league matches to leapfrog Saint-Etienne into fourth, just five points adrift of Lyon in the race for the third and final Champions League spot.
(With AFP Inputs)
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