The wonderful “Mario Balotelli does thing” meme continued during the Confederations Cup Sunday, as the Italian striker once again alternated brilliance with ridiculous. In the 2-1 victory against Mexico in Rio Balotelli a) scored a goal b) got a yellow card for taking off his shirt to celebrate said goal and finally c) kicked his shoe in frustration after a failed penalty appeal. (Who kicks his own shoe?)
Oh right, he also dedicated the goal to his bro Drake.
this gol is for my bro @Drake !!! STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM NOW WE HERE!!
— Mario balotelli (@FinallyMario) June 16, 2013
That’s what you get with Balotelli, all in one serving. Sooner or later his act and antics are going to wear thin. The immaturity of getting a yellow card for celebrating a goal, in an international tournament, could one day cost the team since Balotelli has a Gronkowski-like inclination to doffing his top to celebrate.
Still, the Balotelli express is still amusing to watch, for the time being. More enjoyable would be a mature Balotelli making headlines for his goal-scoring prowess alone.
Perhaps during the next two weeks in Brazil during the Confederations Cup, some of Andre Pirlo’s understatedly handsome brilliance can rub off on Balotelli.