Hilarious Video of Balotelli’s Failed ‘Crazy’ Backheel Skill Which Saw Him Immediately Substituted Resurfaces

Hilarious Video of Balotelli’s Failed ‘Crazy’ Backheel Skill Which Saw Him Immediately Substituted Resurfaces

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:07 PM
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  • Mario Balotelli is celebrated as a Man City hero following his title-winning assist in the 2011-12 Premier League season
  • Balotelli is fondly remembered for his 'Why Always Me' show against Manchester United but also duly remembered for his showboating skill which spectacularly backfired in the summer of 2011
  • The former Manchester City and Liverpool striker currently plays for Turkish Super Liga outfit Adana Demirspor

Italy international Mario Balotelli served Premier League followers and football-loving fans across the globe with moments of undiluted magic and 'madness' in equal measure.

The 31-year-old striker had both the spectacular and insane moments in his locker dividing opinions among football fans with his erratic nature.

Emerging as a breakout talent at Inter Milan, Balotelli could not reach the potential he was touted for but managed to play for some of Europe's elite clubs including AC Milan, Liverpool and Manchester City.

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Mario Balotelli’s infamous ‘crazy’ backheel skill is over a decade old yet resonates among Man City fans up to date. Photo credit: @MLS
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But it was at Man City, 'Super Mario' slightly got close to reaching his potential, with his only assist for the Citizens leading to Aguero's famous last-gasp goal which won the blue half of Manchester their first Premier League title in over four decades.

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Aside from his 'Why Always Me' highlight against Manchester United, Balotelli - who currently plays for Turkish outfit Adana Demirspor - created one of the most unforgettable 'crazy' highlight reels in pre-season.

During the 2011 pre-season tour of the US by Man City, the Citizens engaged Los Angeles Galaxy in a preparatory game which ended in favour of the Premier League club - winning on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

It was Balotelli who ended up making the headlines for the wrong reasons when his audacious piece of skill landed him in trouble.

The Italian forward was put through on goal by David Silva and in a 1v1 situation with the LA Galaxy goalie, one thing was certain - Balotelli to score.

However, the maverick striker deployed an outrageous piece of skill, turning at 180 degrees before shooting the ball off target with his backheel much to the chagrin of his strike partner Edin Dzeko.

His unnecessary showboating did not only infuriate his teammate but also the technical bench, headed by Roberto Mancini - who had no option but to hurl the forward off immediately after the miss.

Balotelli scores spectacular Rabona to cap off incredible five-goal haul

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that former Manchester City and Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli created highlights of his own in his match in Turkey.

The Italian forward scored five goals in one game for Adan Demirspor as they annihilated Goztepe in Turkish Super Lig on Sunday.

His fifth and final goal was a thing of beauty, as he danced by his marker and put it past the keeper in stunning fashion.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.