Mario Balotelli Throws a Tantrum

"Super Mario" Balotelli, the 20-year-old star forward of the Manchester City, has been making headlines in the world of professional soccer since the age of 15—and not always for his skills on the field. Whether it's making a surprise visit to a...
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"Super Mario" Balotelli, the 20-year-old star forward of the Manchester City, has been making headlines in the world of professional soccer since the age of 15—and not always for his skills on the field. Whether it's making a surprise visit to a...
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"Super Mario" Balotelli, the 20-year-old star forward of the Manchester City, has been making headlines in the world of professional soccer since the age of 15—and not always for his skills on the field. Whether it's making a surprise visit to a women's prison or throwing darts at club hopefuls, Balotelli never fails to shock and entertain. But fans were furious over the striker's behavior during Sunday's preseason friendly match with the L.A. Galaxy. The player had a golden opportunity to score, and instead chose to make a purposefully lazy back-heel kick that went wide of the net. He was pulled from the game for his antics. Manchester won in spite of the snafu, with a final score of 7-6.