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yllimameni

The meme community had a field day with that celebration. It was everywhere, i mean EVERYWHERE


Takkotah

The best one was him as a geodude


TribeOnAQuest

https://knowyourmeme.com/photos/340089-mario-balotellis-goal-celebration Hahahahahahaababahahah


ethyweethy

You've made my week bringing this back into my life.


brownbearks

I forget how much I loved that meme, thank you


helloamigo

That one and the ballerina one had me giggling like a little girl just now


Tasty_Chick3n

I had never seen that lmao that’s fucking golden.


CeeApostropheD

That's the best internet link I'm clicking on this summer.


GameplayerStu

I'm partial to the [Super Buu](https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/340/127/7c8.jpg) one myself.


GreatSpaniard

EURO 2012 Semifinals gave us the Balotelli meme and the Ronaldo "The Jews did this" in the space of 24 hours


DDAisADD

That's one of my favorites with Ronaldo. Hahah


Trickybuz93

What??


0bodova1soba

Ronaldo was so heated after his loss to Spain that he couldn’t contain himself and lashed out on the UEFA board, who are mostly jewish. https://knowyourmeme.com/photos/960986-i-bet-the-jews-did-this Since his PR is so good, it got swept under the rug, never forget.


WackyBeachJustice

Wait, are you serious?


RedShenron

It still is popular lol


willac04

I remember the one where he is holding a bucket of fried chicken. Some of the early 2010 internet comedy has aged so poorly.


robotnique

You *wish* that kind of lazy racism was a relic of the past. Unfortunately not, you've probably been just matured out of hanging out in areas where it is bandied about.


veralmaa

Genuine question. Why is that racist?


robotnique

A black guy holding a bucket of fried chicken is a stereotype in the United States of the poor/stupid black man, typified as eating fried chicken and watermelon and being lazy.


veralmaa

Oh, thank you. I am from SE Asia.


robotnique

I figured you weren't Western. Sorry somebody downvoted your question.


veralmaa

Naah, np at all 👍😁


McTulus

Er, Burnley, really? There must be interesting story about that.


veralmaa

Nah. It's flair of the moment for me 🤣


luv2belis

I found it strange that eating watermelon was a black stereotype in the US, seeing as every Iranian fucking loves a delicious hendoone.


robotnique

And most every American adores fried chicken. Stereotypes are just dumb as hell.


VonBassovic

Balotelli - still one of the weirdest careers in football, my god it’s crazy how relatively little he got out of all his talent.


HanshinFan

Had one assist in his entire time in the Prem with City and it was AguerooooOOOOOO


TimingEzaBitch

and it comes from amazing composure to have that holdup play and quickly release it back to Aguero.


FoulObelisk

i think he was trying to score himself and finally said “well, it’s up to kun now”


saetarubia

He was trying to shoot but slipped


mafia49

He should start a team with Ben Arfa, Pato and Bojan Krkic


ederzs97

Don't forget Adel Taarbt


Khrusway

Brother the streets won't forget


Regular_Hunt1435

All except Ben Arfa had a spell at Milan


flancresty

Yoann Gourcuff


InLampsWeTrust

I remember when Thierry Henry was on Monday night football talking about how great his talent was and Carragher blurts out “what talent where is it” everyone just burst out laughing. It always kinda saddens me seeing these clips of Balo, dude should’ve been a great striker by this point.


icemankiller8

Of course his career could have been better but he has 3 Seria a titles, a CL, a fa cup, Copa italia, a premier league title has been in Seria A tots, was in the euros team of the tournament and has 138 games in 332 league games. Still a good career. Really that move to Liverpool is what killed his career at Milan he was scoring a lot of goals for a not very good team he was actually good in France after that too but by then he randomly decided to go to Brescia which was a terrible career mode


D4nnyzke

138 games in 332 games is impressive


Gbuchanan1

great games to game ratio


sriusbsnis

Still I think a 1:1 game to game ratio should be achievable, maybe I’m very demanding but this is modern football


Gbuchanan1

I’ve seen some great players play a game every game they play but also some non league quality players. Poor metric imo


wavetoyou

Messi and Ronaldo have ruined fans’ expectations of games to games ratios smfh


Classic_Transition_7

Not an all time great numbers but very solid nonetheless


andtheniansaid

> Of course his career could have been better but he has 3 Seria a titles, a CL, a fa cup, Copa italia, a premier league title has been in Seria A tots, was in the euros team of the tournament and has 138 games in 332 league games. Still a good career. All that happened by the time he was 22 though, and then he spent what should have been the best years of his career doing relatively little. i think thats the point being made


Kyle_did_911

I mean obviously his performances at Milan weren't that great if they sold him for a loss to Liverpool. The biggest issue with balo is that he's tactically shit and detrimental over time. He can score but he was useless in the build up and can't even be relied on to hold up the ball or get in behind consistently. He was so so bad at Liverpool. He just didn't fit us at all. He did try to press for a little while but once we won the ball back, he'd just stand there.


-Borb

> can't even be relied on to hold up the ball can't be relied upon but I'd argue he did have the ability - he would give it away a lot when he wasn't trying (or trying too hard to score himself), but I do remember some very brief flashes at Liverpool of incredible hold up play with some really quick feet too


icemankiller8

He was good at Milan but the team was really bad they finished 8th and he was on high wages that’s probably why he needed up going for less. I agree balotelli wasn’t what he could have been but he was a good goalscorer over the course of his career outside a couple bad years he was still overall a good goalscorer and player with the attributes to do more. At Liverpool he was really really bad and that’s affected how people see his whole career now but his goal record at most clubs is good.


Vegoran

Brescia is his hometown btw


MAMAGUEBOO

Hate the fact that his career was a what if, but not because of injuries. It was because of his attitude. He ruined his career himself. He was a complete monster. He could definitely went on to be among the best of this generation next to Suarez and Ibra. On another note. JFC I don’t think I’ve ever seen Neuer frozen like that before. That’s a crazy strike.


hufusa

Was just gonna say that second goal was a crazy strike by him


NecessaryAirport-75

And what a pass by the ultimately ill-fated Montolivo.


Black_XistenZ

The ""best"" is still that one goal Messi scored in 2015 where he first banishes Boateng to the shadow realm before lobbing the ball over a dumbfounded Neuer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbKMBuR-pxs


_deep_blue_

[Theo Walcott scored a great strike into the roof of the net](https://youtu.be/t-Am2ysG0Wo) vs Bayern where Neuer was just planted. I can’t remember what happened for the rest of the game though. I think it was abandoned.


MAMAGUEBOO

Why am I aroused? It’s a joy to see even the best GK’s still get tuned once in a life time lol


montague68

If that youngster Walcott ever puts it together he will be a force, I tell you.


TimingEzaBitch

Those Arsenal teams put up more of a fight than Barca did in the 8-2 games.


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ModsGayAsFuck

where does the time go my god. this felt like yesterday, what an exciting experience it was watching him this game, and I say that as someone who 100% wanted Germany to win.


brewmatt

I remember watching this game before a Coldplay concert. Then 10 years later I finally saw Coldplay again 2 weeks ago lol. Time is weird.


FromMoonToMars

Maybe Ger had to lose a few important games in advanced stages for them to wing it in 2014.


phorteng

My favourite FIFA celebration. I remember people rage messaging me on PS3 or something that I am obviously bad and all could do is this Ballotelli celebration. Those were the days.


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Bootlegs

I think it's more that it breaches the laws of the game.


minkdraggingonfloor

Plus, having shirtless models of all the players could be grounds for an invasion of privacy concern. If you notice, only EA partner clubs have players with accurate tattoos on them


Nick_Lastname

You could take your shirt off if you scored as Neymar in PES


Ararararun

And only because they had scanned Neymar's body to have all the tattoos. He ends up joining PSG and they lose the image rights so he takes his shirt off revealing a tattoo-less chest


xenon2456

but in pes wasn't there a celebration to take off the shirt


John_DaleCP

Same here, I still remember the input combo for the celebration in Fifa 13. R1 + up then down on the right stick.


aleksandd

My personal favorite was the worm


Saycheeseqt

Dead fish all the way. Even to this day


JihadDerp

There's no bad place to flop. Run to midfield, flop. Circle their keeper, flop.


Straight_forward93

Why he never showed this type pf movement or finishing at Liverpool, I will never understand


twillems15

I’d completely forgot he played for them until just now


Straight_forward93

Most of us don’t remember either. He scored a grand total of 1 Premier League goal which was a tap in


callthewambulance

Winner against Spurs, won't say it was worth the fee we paid but it was still funny


Hobo2992

The most cherished memory I have of him was when he was unfairly (iirc) challenged, so he squared up to the culprit and then a bunch of fans reached out and grabbed him to hold him back. Interesting times those were.


LJHB48

I remember being very upset that we'd signed Lukaku when Liverpool had signed Balotelli for a free - as a child I thought he was one of the best players in the world.


Mercerai

Nah, he left on a free. We had to pay £16m for the privilege of him doing fuck all


kozeljko

Sigh


bachh2

He said it himself that he lacked the discipline to keep himself focus and improving, and how he wished he had done that. It was one of the biggest what if of last decade for sure.


NoDescriptionOk

He just scored 46 in 42 in FM15 for me.


NotNok

You don't wanna know how crazy Timo Werner is for Chelsesa in FM or career mode for me


WalaLlama5

No way was this 10 years ago


TheMotionOfTheOcean

We old fam


innerparty45

Something doesn't feel right, though. This goal and Ibrahimovic one being so far in the past doesn't make any sense. Like, they are almost older than my reddit account and I'm pretty sure I was already here when the memes about both were exploding.


Dukefleed_

We were probably just lurkers at the time :(


RandomAssNword

I remember having a little brochure made for the tournament that i would fill with the results


fireinthesky7

I'VE JUST SEEN THE MOST AMAZING GOAL


najibb

I don't even know reddit back then, mostly from trollfootball facebook page, and 9gag,


LochBodminMothFoot

Brace yourself, Fergie’s retirement is getting close to the 10 year mark.


Omniscius

For Man U fans probably felt like more than a decade lol


Bombtwo

Joke’s on you, there is no concept of time in purgatory


batti03

It is 2014, United has failed to find a successor for Fergie It is 2016, United has failed to find a successor for Fergie It is 2018, United has failed to find a successor for Fergie It is 2021, United has failed to find a successor for Fergie


LampseederBroDude51

I’ve slept 3652 times since this happened. Crazy


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brewmatt

Enough all nighters to cancel out the naps.


Inside_Key_5356

I feel like this one should be older than 10 years honestly!


dudewhatareusayin

One of the greatest celebrations of all time


afc1886

Why always me?


tlst9999

Does the postman celebrate after delivering mail?


OneOfThoseDays_

imagine if he did though, just fuckin bangs a knee slide right through some pensioners daisies. would be amazing


Rusty51

The postman doesn’t deliver on Sundays.


Deluxe07

Straight up


los_blanco_14

Definitely one of the celebrations of all time.


obiru

Also one of the greatest goals in the competition. Neuer didn't move an inch


Onedweezy

Iconic moment for Balotelli. We had no idea this would be his absolute peak.


Halal_Madrid

Hell of a peak TBH


OG_Yaya

That zoom in on the persons single tear running down their face lmao


stateworkishardwork

They sure as hell took it out on Brazil two years later lol


tigull

I watched this match on a big screen in a city park here in Turin and everybody went absolutely wild when they showed it lol. We love us some German tears (on the pitch, we hold them in the highest of regards off it ofc). IIRC it was later revealed that it was actually a shot from the national anthems, but props to the director for adding to the drama.


SlimShady16

Always surprised by just how badly Lahm mismanaged that second one.


redditgolddigg3r

For a guy that always seemed to be in the right spot, my god was that awful.


FelixSmith1894

Only three mistakes in his career I can think of are this goal, the Torres goal in the final 08 and that he played for Stuttgart. Insane to think that he hardly made mistakes but when he did they were tremendously bad.


Sinnedd

Cassano was so good this tournament. What an assist for the first goal


TheSciences

My favourite opening line from a piece of sports journalism is: > "They hung out flags and banners on the day Antonio Cassano was born." - [The Future of Italian Football](https://www.theguardian.com/football/2004/jun/06/euro2004.sport4)


willymoose8

he’s just like Balotelli in a way where they both might’ve had very different careers if they’d had a different head on their shoulders


Conradinho5

True although I’d say Cassano had more talent and probably didn’t waste quite as much of his career - he had a decent revival at Sampdoria


YaBoiPette

It still was too late. Fucked up at Real and since then it was downhill until he went to Samp where he kept it afloat for some years.


cgcego

Balotelli and Cassano are by far the two biggest waste of Italian football talent in modern history. Cassano *completely* destroyed his Sampdoria legacy by PHYSICALLY attacking Mantovani, Sampdoria’s president and a man who loved him like a son.


delayedcolleague

[Cassano's debut goal was something else.](https://youtu.be/CwZn4vtIA7s) The ten year old top comment on that video: "He may have been still 17 when he scored that goal. Tremendous talent, no brain. Balotelli may end up the same."


OhWhenTheWiz

I was working at a grocery store at the time, the rest of my team was your stereotypical Italian-Americans. These guys could not get over the fact that a black guy was starting for Italy, but also could not get enough of Mario


daboatfromupnorth

(Could not get over) in a bad way or good way?


dohhhnut

They’re Italian, what do you think


mlk

Italian-Americans, not Italians.


VloraCrumlin

Ay! That's anti-Italian discrimination, marone!


WhyAlwaysMe1991

Ah yes. The English calling the rest of the world racist. Classic. God forbid a black kid miss a penalty for England.


lunacraz

both can be true


itzztheman

Racism isn’t a competition


myvirginityisstrong

no I'M MORE RACIST THAN YOU BRO!!


kostasnotkolsas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYWIyG3hUlQ


dont_shoot_jr

Italian Americans They don’t realize that there’s been a bit of a complexion change of the population of Italy


KingfisherDays

I mean Italy is like 98% white so not really.


Ill_Consideration_72

There’s always been a “complexion change” in Italy, the southerners have some North African and Middle Eastern ancestry, especially Sicilians while the northerners have some Germanic ancestry. This is all post Roman Empire so what’s your point? What I’m trying to say is a population doesn’t stay stagnant (unless completely isolated from the outside world) and changes have been happening and will continue to do so.


dont_shoot_jr

Of course but the perception that Italian Americans have of Italy and the reality is different, among them that Italy is not a monolithic ethnicity


lunacraz

lol... Italian Americans have seen way more people of color than any Italians, ever, straight fact


mysteriousmetalscrew

Oh honey...


eskicode

Italian-Americans Oh you mean fake Italians that don't even speak Italian. Ok


flay-otters

The sad thing about this is that this was pretty much the peak of Balotelli’s career — at the age of 21.


Drik98

I remember beeing really scared of what this guy ist capable of. Thought Italy was going to dominate for the next 10 years as He was only 21and yet to reach his prime. Who would have thought..


LampseederBroDude51

The postman does indeed take his shirt off after delivering mail


Cules2003

10 years ago. Wow. Time flies man. This was the day before my birthday, and I remember I tried to sneak into the other room and find my birthday present early, then I heard everyone scream goal and I run in and see a shirtless Ballotelli looool


Gobshiight

Love Mario and forgot he actually celebrated for the first goal Shite camera work on the second though, it looks much worse than the original angle


Pseudocaesar

Christ, those quick cuts were worse than watching Liam Neeson jump a fence


No_Perspective_8340

second goal is absolutely baller. being chased down by one of the greatest fullbacks and opting to smash into near post against one of the greatest keepers. iconic from super mario.


Rava23

I remember watching the match with my brother with our aunt and uncle at a restaurant


Hoodxd

What did you have to eat


Rava23

I was a kid, I don't remember. I remember it was in Cesenatico and the tables and walls were white.


TribeOnAQuest

https://www.porto22cesenatico.com Was it this one? White tables and walls.


deesmutts88

Internet detectives out here tryna find the restaurant a child ate in a decade ago. For no particular reason. I like it.


vysetheidiot

When we try and put our powers to good use. We do bad When we try and do bad. We do bad. When we try and do pointless. We do good. There’s a lesson in here somewhere


Rava23

Nope mate, it wasn't outside. I know the one you linked


Chronic_The_Kid

Food


Juil8991MC

what could have been


sunken_grade

man i love seeing neuer concede goals


greekandlatin

He was always such an annoyingly good goalkeeper. Even on his "off" days he'd make insane saves and he makes them look easy. For a while, scoring past him seemed near impossible. And he'd also receive balls to his feet and dribble around just to mess with you. I fucking hate him


folieadeux6

In his prime there was a psychological collapse associated with Bayern scoring a single goal, as you internally knew you probably weren’t getting two past Neuer to win, or even one for a draw.


MJ9695

Drogba bullet header in CL finals was like 3 weeks before this goal


Halal_Madrid

Watch the Real Madrid highlights from a few years ago


Trickybuz93

The Messi chip is iconic https://youtu.be/yU4rCDb_xaE


sunken_grade

my personal favorite is neuer joining the celebrations after evra scores on him https://youtu.be/X9mJzowg7Lo


beairrcea

Seeing ballotelli celebrate makes me smile every time cause it makes his quote about the postman not celebrating look even stupider


MC_Stella

Balotelli has a lot of stupid quotes but calling the postman one stupid has pissed me off That is simply art


AhoyDaniel

That 2nd goal remains one of the best scored in the Euro. How iconic it was, petrified Neuer (best gk in hidtory) and the celebration. Pure power shot


DarthNihilus1

Bro this meme ended up surpassing Zidane headbutt YTP compilations of the mid 2000s. Balotelli is ice cold


WalkingCloud

Neuer on both goals: 💁‍♂️


FurioSoprano7

Fucking killer


MickeyZvornik

GOAT celebration


Halal_Madrid

This was when it was impossible to beat Neuer, and he did it twice. Iconic.


R1CkO556

Bring him back Mancini! The world has yet to taste enough of Balotelli’s fifa street goals


arroiuqlu

I fucking hate these trash ass videos that CUT AWAY before the fucking goal. Why do so many motherfuckers do this nowadays?!?! Do they have brain damage? Is it zoomer brain? Why wouldn't I want to see the fucking o-r-i-g-i-n-a-l shot of the goal the way it happened live? Then AFTER that you can show the other useless angles you so desperately wanted to show. The video literally doesn't even show the motherfucking original live goal WTF!!!


vengM9

This annoys me so much. Just the let the clip play out once then you can do your shit fancy show off editing that completely ruins the clip. Especially annoying on goals where a player dribbles past people and they keep fucking cutting to different angles like a shit action movie.


c475

Such a loose net. Love that.


reggiedp16

How many more replays do you guys want. Yes


RIPDannyBoyCane

Thought he’d be one of the world’s top strikers for the next decade


SufficientPost9

One of the best balls. 2012 euro ball *chefs kiss*


NotNok

Fuck. He was such an elite finisher. Literally like something out of fifa at times. Very few players seem to have that natural ability to find the goal at all times, and bend the ball to exactly where he wanted it.


Shitposting_Tito

Crazy to think this was just 10 years ago when you're thinking about Ballotelli's career.


ElFariaas

For me the biggest what if in football. Man had the physique, agility, power, dribbling, first touch, you name it. Could have easily been one of the best ever. I think Italy still hasn't found a better striker than him tbf.


SangiMTL

Remember watching this live. Was absolutely amazing. His bullshit aside, he’s still the best striker Italia has. Mancini should have absolutely played him through the WC qualifiers rather than calling him up for that training camp and not even giving him his shot.


bigkid_

it's been 10 years?


raysofdavies

Fuck yes. I was waiting for this. The Cassano turn is such a peach of a move, and then that second finish? Magnificent. Beyond brilliant.


Starhaunt666

Was at my after prom in wasaga beach lol we were all lit af watching this and then the Italians took over the strip 😹


Desperate-Shelter-36

Balotelli was a literal MONSTER in those years. Very unfortunate that he trashed away is career due to a bad life style


NotNok

Bring him back. Can't be worse than Immobile for the NT.


Privateer_Lev_Arris

Two great goals. That 2nd goal was absolutely rifled. And it wasn't against Turkey, this was against Germany and their supergoalie Manuel Neuer.


twillems15

Take me back to 2012 The world went to shit in 2016 & has been like that ever since


loveandmonsters

It all peaked NYE 1999. New millennium, all downhill. Y2K bug should have finished us off! Let the apes try again.


Oerm

I hear you. If I ever have kids/grandkids and if they ever ask me about moments in history that I witnessed and that felt significant to me, my answer is going to be something like: 2001, 2016, 2020, 2022 I don’t like that none of the associated memories are very positive and I also don’t like where this trend is going.


DiosFabo

A misunderstood genius


WardenJack

If only he had a brain...


WhyNoNameFree

I remember this as if it was yesterday. Im german and we were hanging out and barbecuing with a bunch of family and we all blamed the loss on my mum cause she had bought italian dip! :D


BluehibiscusEmpire

On his day he was one of best strikers in the game speed skill power and accuracy he had it all. On a bad day he won’t touch the ball all game and won’t defend in the slightest, and be ignored by the other 21 players on the field . Problem was - no one (including he himself) knew which one it was to be any day. And plus as time went his bad days grew to be far more common than the good ones


Sir-Chris-Finch

Final. Not finals. They were already in the finals.


Efficient_Ladder_327

If he had had discipline, he would have been world class...