Mario Balotelli Watch: Scorpion Kicks, Goal Celebrations and the Ballon d'Or

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIOctober 31, 2012

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Mario Balotelli of Manchester City looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Manchester City at the Britannia Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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We have Lionel Messi Watch. We have Cristiano Ronaldo Watch.

Why then, should we not have Mario Balotelli Watch? After all, the Manchester City forward is perhaps far more enigmatic than both Messi and Ronaldo combined—and most likely features in the news far more than the pair of them do.

It seems only fitting therefore that we follow the 22-year-old striker—keeping track of all the wonderful and intelligent things that he has been up to in the past week.

And what a perfect week for us to start!

Balotelli was recently named in the 25-man list for the Ballon d'Or—viewed by many as the prize for the greatest footballer in the world.

And while the Italian international most likely won't win the award, or even make the final, to be considered on the list ahead of players like Juan Mata, Robert Lewandowkski—even City teammates Edin Dzeko and Joe Hart—must bring some sort of pride for Balotelli.

But surely we saw this coming? I mean, the striker even told us himself a while back via The Guardian who the greatest footballers in the world were.

"There's only one that is a little stronger than me: Lionel Messi.

"All the others are behind me..."

Love it, Mario. Good stuff.

We move on then to the Manchester City training ground, where Super Mario has been clearly hard at work this week—practicing all the important football skills and techniques for the Citizens' big month of Champions League and EPL action.

And by important, boy do we mean important.

Here we can clearly see the the 22-year-old practicing the crucial art of scorpion kicking; invented and perfected by the infamous Rene Higuita.

How has Balotelli's pracitcing been coming along? Watch the footage for yourself, courtesy of Manchester City's official YouTube channel.

Think of it this way—at least he was at training.

Balotelli Watch takes its final look this week at another video involving the legendary striker—except that this time, the Italian international isn't even needed.

All that's needed is a postman, some letters, a video camera, and one of the greatest quotes to come out of the mouth of the Manchester City striker.

Not quite sure what we're talking about?

Here's the quote, per The Guardian:

When I score [goals], I don't celebrate because I'm only doing my job. When a postman delivers letters, does he celebrate?

Now here's the video. Surely we saw this one coming.

Feel free to hit me up with whatever Balotelli-related news that you have the pleasure of viewing in the upcoming week as we keep track of the most enigmatic striker in world football—one funny video at a time.

After all, it is always him. 

Perhaps Mario Balotelli Watch is here to stay.


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