Mario Balotelli’s career could have been very different. Quite a few predicted a career with many titles for the brawny centre-forward. The Italian would undoubtedly have the skills to do so. But the 31-year-old was always negative, behaved undisciplined or diva-like.

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After stints at world clubs such as Manchester City, Liverpool FC and AC Milan, Balotelli has arrived in the Turkish league since this season. At Adana Dermirspor, the striker sometimes plays big and shows his skills. 18 goals this season are on the credit side.

At the weekend, Balotelli was on the top scorer list five times. One of them was particularly nice in the 7-0 shooting match against Göztepe. And shows what Balotelli is capable of. At a score of 6:0, the striker runs from the half-left position into the penalty area. He puts down a total of eight step-overs in order to pass the defender on the left.

What follows is pure world class: Balotelli pulls his right leg behind his left leg and sinks the ball into the far corner. A so-called “Rabona”. The network is celebrating Balotelli’s action and at the same time can’t quite believe it. A Twitter user writes “The circus is in town”, another writes “I’m a big fan of his, unfortunately such footballers are dying out more and more”.

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