Mario Balotelli was clearly in a mildly nostalgic mood today and much to the delight of Manchester City fans, decided to watch the memorable 3-2 win over QPR on 13 May 2012.
The last-gasp win, thanks to two goals in stoppage time at the Etihad on the final day of the 2011/12 season meant City snatched the Premier League title from Manchester United's grasp and won their first league title for 44 years.
Balotelli played a crucial role, as his only Premier League assist was the most important - the substitute managed to drag the ball into the path of Sergio Aguero, who slammed home and wheeled away in celebration.
The fiery Italian is currently preparing to build on his most successful season in professional football, having re-signed with Nice, but found time to reminisce and watch that dramatic game five years ago.
He produced the following Tweet, and had a cheeky dig at arch-rivals United:
I have a bit of melancholy I just review the winning match title vs qpr.. that was amazing and I really loved it.#mutdsorrynotsorry #lol :blue_heart::blue_heart::blue_heart:
- Mario Balotelli (@FinallyMario) July 5, 2017
"I have a bit of melancholy I just review the winning match title vs qpr.. that was amazing and I really loved it. #mutdsorrynotsorry #lol." he wrote.
Of course, City fans absolutely loved their former striker harking back memories of that wonderful day.
Here are some of the best responses:
Best assist in the history of football Mario..forever in our hearts :thumbsup:- soloman chester (@mamuciumfc) July 5, 2017
and we loved you, Mario!! Special. All the best #OnceABlue !!- Nigel Wilkinson (@25FernaFan) July 5, 2017
He's a striker,he's good at darts,an allergy to grass but when he plays he's f*king class,drives around Moss Side with a wallet full of cash- Beeks (@SixOneCity) July 5, 2017
BEST ASSIST EVER! Winner mentality :ok_hand: LOVE YOU! :blue_heart:- I Am... (@reigninsupremex) July 5, 2017
We love you Mario. Why get loads of assists when you can just get the ultimate assist. You will always be blue.- Lisa Racheal (@Queen_of_Orange) July 5, 2017
Legend- Owen³³ (@JesusEsque) July 5, 2017
HAHAHA LEGEND! :ok_hand: That winning assist! :boom: Love you! :blue_heart:- Super Mario (@xwhyalwaysme) July 5, 2017
We heard you singing then Sergio scored :red_circle::white_circle::red_circle::white_circle:- :flag_ie::goat: (@McGeadyAssist) July 5, 2017
Manny is your yard Balo- Cal :dove: (@RoyaIBlood) July 5, 2017
Best. Assist. Ever. Cheers, Mario.- Chris Schilling (@schillingc) July 5, 2017
Balotelli will forever have a place in the hearts of City fans, even if he was, and still is, a mad bastard.