When Mario Balotelli Got Dragged Off For Failed Trick Shot
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When Mario Balotelli Got Dragged Off For Failed Trick Shot

Throwback to Mario Balotelli being Mario Balotelli.

It’s the summer of 2011 with Manchester City gearing up for the new season by venturing to the States which includes a few friendlies against Major League Soccer sides including LA Galaxy.

Roberto Mancini opted for the Italian up top with the fiery striker fluffing his lines in front of goal in hilarious fashion.

Who could forget this?!

Brilliant.

Balotelli’s showboating mistake didn’t go down well with his boss who immediately dragged him off.

The two then exchanged some angry words on the bench.

Image: via MLS

Image: via MLS

Balotelli’s relationship with Mancini isn’t that bad. The 53-year-old, who’s now Italy manager, recalled his former player to the national fold after a period of absence.

Unfortunately, he didn’t have a great game against Poland on Friday.

Image: PA

Image: PA

The ex-City and Liverpool forward lasted an hour before coming off with Mancini pinpointing his fitness levels.

“Mario needs to play, he is an experienced player on the international stage, but his fitness levels are an issue right now,” he said.

“There are many young players we can build on and I think we saw that in the second half, as we pushed forward and more importantly didn’t make as many errors in our passing.”

Italy are back in action versus Ukraine. Here’s hoping ‘Balo’ can bag a goal on Tuesday.

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He’s a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He’s also an avid Bristol City fan.

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