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Mario Balotelli Celebrates In Front Of Manager Who Called Him Brainless In 2013

Ryan Sidle

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Mario Balotelli Celebrates In Front Of Manager Who Called Him Brainless In 2013

Mario Balotelli got revenge on a manager who called him 'brainless,' after holding a grudge from his Manchester City days, eight years ago.


Balotelli has wound up and annoyed plenty of people in the past, from his own managers, to his own fans, to fans of the opposition, no one has been safe from the striker's mischiefs.

In 2013 he had one of his most famous moments of peak Balotelli, whilst playing for Manchester City in a pre season game on a tour to the US.

The Italian striker bizarrely decided to backheel the ball when running through on goal, one-on-one with the keeper, against LA Galaxy, and missed his 'shot,' being taken off immediately after.

Former Turkey player Sergen Yalcin was working as a pundit at the time and described the City forward as 'brainless.'

Fast forward to present day and, playing for Adana Demirspor, Balotelli came up against Besiktas, now managed by Yalcin, on Tuesday night.

Besiktas went 3-0 up but, after Mattias Vargas made it 3-1, Balotelli put his side back in with a huge chance of earning a point when he scored in the 79th minute. He celebrated by running over to the opposition bench and pointing right at his brain!

Balotelli's sh*thousery didn't seem to go down all too well, with the 31-year-old managing to start a bit of argy bargy between the players from both sides.

Last season Besiktas were actually linked with a move for the former Inter Milan striker, who ended up signing for Serie B side Monza, having left hometown club Brescia.

That move didn't happen and Yalcin wasn't too happy about the links anyway, claiming the club needed a 'less problematic' player.

"When the club president asked me, I said we needed a less problematic forward, but I never said no," the Besiktas manager explained.

"I said he was an expensive player with problems both on and outside the pitch. And I told them I wouldn’t take his responsibility and he should be transferred only if the club’s management was willing to take the blame if it created problems."

After Balotelli made it 3-2, former Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga equalised in the 97th minute, to make it a bad night for Yalcin.

Revenge was served in the coldest way possible, eight years on - you have to respect that level of pettiness from Balotelli!

Featured Image Credit: Twitter

Topics: Football, Super Lig, Turkey, Besiktas, Mario Balotelli

Ryan Sidle
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