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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!
Sergen Yalcin criticized Mario Balotelli and said he didn’t have a brain after his infamous miss against LA Galaxy.— Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) September 21, 2021
Today, Balotelli came on as a sub against Besiktas and led Adana Demirspor to a comeback draw, and celebrated in front of Besiktas manager Yalcin like this. pic.twitter.com/BMbOnXH1zh
Besiktas coach once said that Balotelli had no brain. Today Balotelli scored his first goal against them and did this infront of him.— 𝐔𝐍𝐃𝐄𝐑𝐑𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐃 𝐍𝐈𝐍𝐉𝐀 (@iamjoseh_) September 21, 2021
Absolute shithousery 😂 pic.twitter.com/Q3tT8GmNkZ
Mario Balotelli strolls on as sub against Besiktas whose manager Sergen Yalcin once told media Balotelli “had no brains.” Mario being Mario slaps this banger to spark a comeback draw and celebrates right in front of Yalcin’s face 🧠 🇹🇷pic.twitter.com/5dnDOeyH8D— roger bennett (@rogbennett) September 21, 2021
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.
Balotelli doesn’t look like he’s changed much. Here he is nearly starting a riot in Istanbul a few minutes ago.— Jamie Reid ⚽️ (@JamieRfootball) September 21, 2021
Drops a little verbal grenade and then stands back to watch the chaos with a grin. pic.twitter.com/mBln3IaDC4
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!
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