We love Mario Balotelli.
From setting off fireworks in his own bathroom to scoring screamers in the semi-final of European Championships, you can’t keep Balotelli out of the headlines.
The striker famously couldn’t work out how to put on a bib while at Manchester City and he’s had another preparation mishap while playing for Nice in Ligue 1.
Balotelli appeared for the start of their match against Nantes but had to stand on the sidelines for the opening two minutes – because he needed help to untie his bootlaces.
The 26-year-old was unhappy that he had tied the laces too tightly and required a member of the coaching staff to loosen his boots.
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Balotelli did eventually make it onto the pitch, but Nice fell behind to a 22nd-minute goal from Emiliano Sala.
Jean Michel Seri equalised for Nice, but they could not find a winner and are now seven points behind Ligue 1 leaders Monaco – but as always, the attention was on Balotelli.
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One of the greatest.
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