Although he entered the match when AC Milan was well out of the game, Mario Balotelli made his mark in the International Champions Cup match against Manchester City on Sunday. He showed some offensive flair and undisciplined defense to go along with his signature hair cut. The best part of the match was near the end when he posed for a selfie with two fans that rushed the field. Even during a fairly meaningless summer friendly, Balotelli managed to steal the show.
Manchester City won the match, clinching the victory by the 14th minute when they scored their second. Balotelli did not make the field until after an extended halftime. A storm front moving through threatened to cancel the second half altogether. Luckily for those that stuck around, Balotelli was brought on in the second half. Every time he touched the ball, fans of both teams were on the edge of their seats.
He had one very nice flying back-heel pass that sprung a teammate on goal. He dribbled between packs of defenders on a few occasions. When he was dispossessed attempting to split three defenders, he tracked back simply to pull the opposing player down by his shoulder. Of course, he seemed not to care about the foul and just carried on.
Just before the full-time whistle, two AC Milan fans rushed out of the north stands right to Balotelli just passed the halfway line. They were both able to take a selfie with the Italian striker before security escorted them off the field. Balotelli seemed pleased by the selfie attempt and actually did a little pose for the picture.
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Stevan Jovetić scored twice for Man City and was named the Guinness Man of the Match. Jesus Navas was a machine on the wing until he was subbed out half way through the second half. Milan fell 5-1. Yet somehow Balotelli was the focal point of the match and lived up to his billing as one of the most flamboyant players in the world. Even if he doesn’t factor on the scoresheet, Balotelli knows how to steal the headline.