Mario Balotelli finally got revenge against a manager who called him “brainless” eight years ago when he was playing for Manchester City.
Balotelli has shown many times in his career that he is not a follower of rules. Fans have enjoyed a lot of his antics.
His most famous moment during his two-and a half-year tenure with City was when he decided to backheel towards goal after running through one on one in a preseason match against LA Galaxy.
He was immediately substituted by manager Roberto Mancini and former Turkey player Sergen Yalcin, who was working as a pundit, said the striker was “brainless”.
Fast forward to the present and Yalcin is manager of Besiktas, who hosted Adana Demirspor on Tuesday, the team where Balotelli now plies his trade.
He was brought in from the bench with his side trailing 3-1. His goal reduced the deficit to one goal.
Mario, on the other hand, would have picked up the ball at the halfway line and ran back to the goal to restart the game.
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Yalcin, 31, decided to use the opportunity to point at Yalcin’s head while he celebrated in front.
Balotelli was wisely removed after his actions caused some tussle on the touchline, with players and coaches arguing.
Britt Assombalonga (ex-Middlesbrough striker) scored in the 97th minute, levelling the scores and adding insult to injury to Yalcin.
Besiktas were linked with a move to sign the former Inter Milan striker last year, but Yalcin was quick to dissuade the Turkish club.
“When the club president asked me, I said we needed a less problematic forward, but I never said no,” He said.
“I said he was an expensive player with problems both on and outside the pitch. And I told them I wouldn’t take his responsibility and he should be transferred only if the club’s management was willing to take the blame if it created problems.”