Mario Balotelli scores an incredible goal against RABONA after seven assists
Mario Balotelli scores an incredible goal against RABONA after seven legs as the former Manchester City striker scores FIVE on the final day of the Turkish League season
- Mario Balotelli put in an incredible display for Adana Demirspor against Goztepe
- The striker scored five goals in a 7-0 thrashing – capped by a superb effort from rabona
- The former Manchester City striker has scored 18 times while playing in Turkey this season
Mario Balotelli has never been a player to stick to conventional protocols, so on a day when many players are thinking about their summer holidays, the Italian has produced one of the best displays of the season.
The former Manchester City striker, who now plays for Turkish top flight Adana Demirspor, put in a dazzling performance in the final game of the campaign, capped off with an incredible rabona goal against relegated side Goztepe.
In what could be a strong contender for the Puskas Best Goal award later in the year, the 31-year-old cut inside after receiving the ball from the left as he progressed towards goal.
After working his way inside the penalty area, Balotelli then leaped seven past a defender before clearing the ball from a touch and cheating the goalkeeper from a tight angle around the corner. the penalty area with an outrageous attempt from a rabona that grazed the target before settling into the bottom corner.
It wasn’t just a cameo either, as in his side’s 7-0 loss to their hapless opponents, the striker, who also previously played for Liverpool, had already scored four times earlier in the game for cap off a memorable last day.
It was a productive campaign for Balotelli who joined the club at the start of the season, scoring 18 league goals in 31 games while providing four assists.
Although Balotelli’s ability was never in doubt, earning him high profile moves to City and the Reds as well as spells at AC Milan and Inter Milan, a lack of consistency and his maverick lifestyle often made it difficult for him to settle into any club throughout. his career.
Mario Balotelli (centre) has scored 18 goals while playing for Adana Demirspor this season
But Sunday’s display proved he can still produce the goods and he doesn’t need a big game to motivate him either, with the end of the season still just enough to earn his team a ninth place in the middle of the table.
Balotelli’s final day heroism comes 10 years after helping Manchester City win the title on the final day of the season, with the striker coming off the bench to play the crucial assist for Sergio Aguero to score the winner in time. save that clinched City the Premier League title in stoppage time in a memorable 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers.
Not much has changed 10 years later after City again had to come from behind at home to Aston Villa to win 3-2 late to retain the title on Sunday past Liverpool thanks to a two-goal substitute cameo from midfield. Ilkay Gundogan.
But Balotelli’s masterclass may have come too late in his career to be considered worthy of a return to the Etihad Stadium, with Pep Guardiola’s outfit set to land Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund this summer to bolster their line. before.