Mario Balotelli Steps Up to Honor Himself with Commissioned Life-Sized Statue

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterFebruary 26, 2013

Photo Credit: Yahoo Sports
Photo Credit: Yahoo Sports

You can hold off on that life-sized statue of Mario Balotelli you were thinking of commissioning in his honor, because the AC Milan star is doing it himself. 

Football Italia reports the Italian striker commissioned an ornate statue of his Euro 2012 goal pose, and nobody in the world is the least bit shocked. 

The statue, when finished, will look something like this, albeit covered in platinum and precious stones. 

If you find this a tad peculiar, consider this is the same man who bumps around in a £160,000 Bentley he famously covered in camouflage. You know, so he could blend in with the crowd.

The job of immortalizing Balotelli's likeness in a statue went to a local artist, Livio Scarpella. He explains a little more of what the Milan star can expect when this thing gets delivered in the near future. 

I received the commission, but have never actually met Balotelli, so I am working from photographs. 

I presented various sketches, but Mario wanted to be immortalised in the pose after a goal: muscles in evidence and an expression to challenge the opponents.

I imagined him as an athlete from ancient times. The statue will be between the classic and pop style, in platinum and coloured bronze with the eyes made of precious stones.

This makes perfect sense, and I am just a little mad it's taken Balotelli this long to commission something like this. I mean, somebody has to create a life-sized version of the scintillating striker in a stoic pose. 

While you lazy sports fans out there fail to honor the man properly, Balotelli has seen fit to right the wrong. 

I only hope a commissioned painting, a la White Goodman, is in the near future. 

The 22-year-old striker has never done things in a reserved manner, so we don't see how he would start with his home decor. 

The enigmatic and passionate footballer will continue to score goals and test the patience of his managers. 

Only now he will do it with a life-sized statute of himself kicking it at home. Hey, the man managed to stay cool despite some awful racism lobbed at him by fans recently. 

So, we say, why stop at a statue?


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