Images: There's Mario and then there's Super Mario


Balotelli gets sent off in April in a match against Arsenal in the English Premier League. Getty Images


Even at a young age, he was in the headlines for a stamp on Pontus Wernbloom of Sweden at the UEFA U-21 Championships. Getty Images


Balotelli shows his frustration at missing a chance against England in the quarter-final stage of Euro 2012. His clubmate Joe Hart was ironically England's keeper. Getty Images


He wasn't that impressive against Croatia, and it was no surprise that he was taken off the pitch. Reuters


But the goal finally came. And it came in style. Balotelli brilliantly volleyed this goal against the Republic of Ireland to silence his critics. Reuters


And the performance against Germany kept those critics well and truly shut up. Balotelli's double was followed by this celebration. If there is a Mario... then this is Super Mario. Reuters


Published Date: Jun 29, 2012 03:41 pm | Updated Date: Jun 29, 2012 03:41 pm

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