Tremendous Mario is aware of simply the right way to rub salt within the wound.
On Sunday, Mario Balotelli and his Good aspect noticed to it that back-to-back-to-back-to-back French champions Paris Saint-Germain had a moderately rotten evening within the Southern French city.
Not solely did the controversial Italian rating the opening aim in a 3-1 win for the house workforce that dealt PSG its first defeat since mid-December. However the victory additionally noticed to it that leaders Monaco may open up a three-point hole over PSG. With a sport in hand, no much less.
Balo’s aim was moderately beautiful.
Nevertheless it’s what he did later within the sport that was traditional Mario. He acquired a ball alongside the sidelines, introduced it down, confronted as much as Thomas Meunier and started dancing on the ball to the delight of the house crowd. The Belgian was pretty chill about it. However his teammate Blaise Matuidi was not. He got here charging in and barreled into Balotelli, incomes Good a free kick in a helpful spot.
Meunier was clearly irritated with Matuidi. However his different teammates largely needed to take this up with Balotelli for his little outburst of pleasure, clearly seen as disrespect.
We’re all for the resurgence of Balotelli, particularly if it comes coupled along with his ever-entertaining antics. He has led Good to a shocking third place, the place it holds a 20-point lead over fourth-place Lyon.
Balotelli’s 14 league targets make this the primary time in three years that he’s cracked double digits. He did it three years in a row from the 2011-12 by the 2013-14 seasons – as soon as with Manchester Metropolis after which twice with AC Milan. However a disastrous return to England with Liverpool and a failed second stint with Milan precipitated the plummeting inventory of the striker who was as soon as thought of among the many greatest prospects in Europe – and labelled “uncoachable” by Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan.
Scooped up by Good, Balotelli, nonetheless solely 26, is now extra severe and constant than ever. And with another league aim, he could have a profession yr. Within the course of, he has reestablished himself as a probably helpful piece for some greater membership subsequent season. He’s a free agent this summer season, in any case.
And whereas it’s most likely factor that Balotelli has stopped setting hearth to his personal toilet or dressing up like Santa months earlier than Christmas and handing out cash to strangers, we hope he by no means stops dancing on the sector.
Leander Schaerlaeckens is a soccer columnist for Yahoo Sports activities. Comply with him on Twitter @LeanderAlphabet.