There’s little dispute that Mario Balotelli is one of the biggest plonkers in football.
Now that his aura has been shattered, and the fireworks have been extinguished, he’s no longer this fascinating enigma, but rather, just another wasted talent and another misplaced gem.
The current AC Milan man’s gaffe against Los Angeles Galaxy in 2011 has to rank highly among his dumbest moments.
Playing a friendly against the Major League Soccer outfit, the Italy international found himself through on goal, but, instead of taking on the easy shot—from which he was sure to score—he instead tried the spectacular.
Although it turned into the ‘spectacularly bad’ for dear Mario, who attempted a bizarre spin and backheel, before watching the ball dribble aimlessly wide of the goal.
Was this the moment his aura was shattered?
Roberto Mancini immediately subbed the striker, while pitbull midfielder Nigel de Jong tore into his teammate after the event, and James Milner was equally unimpressed.
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