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On This Day In 2011: Mario Balotelli's 'Why Always Me' Shirt Was Born

On This Day In 2011: Mario Balotelli's 'Why Always Me' Shirt Was Born

It's one of the most iconic moments in Manchester derby history.

Back in 2011, Mario Balotelli stunned Old Trafford into silence when he opened the scoring in a 6-1 win over Manchester United, but his iconic celebration will ultimately down in memory as one of the greatest - "Why always me?"

Image: PA
Image: PA

It was a mauling from start to finish, with goals from Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Edin Dzeko (2) and Mario Balotelli (2) inflicting United's worst home defeat since February 1955.

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It also meant that City went five point clear at the top of the Premier League ladder.

Manchester City have posted a video on their official YouTube channel explaining the story behind Balotelli's celebration, and it's typical Mario.

Balotelli revealed he had been talked about frequently by the English press for a long period during an interview with TIME.

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"The truth is that I do not know why I always did. I made that shirt because at that time it was all about me - people were always talking about me."

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The Italian also spoke about how Manchester City kitman Lee Chapman printed the shirt for him.

'I did it for many reasons. But I'll leave it for other people to figure out what it means. I'm sure people can work it out. Chappy, our kit man did it for me, I told him the words and he printed them. He is a good guy Chappy, one of the best."

Manchester City kit-man Les Chapman has even gone into detail about the story in a brilliant interview.

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WHY ALWAYS ME?


Topics: Football News, Football, Man utd, Mario Balotelli, Man City

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.