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Mario Balotelli is definitely winning.
AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli wore a custom pair of boots that were covered in newspaper and tabloid headlines about him.
If AC Milan star Mario Balotelli is best known for anything it’s being an amazing soccer player.
Italian soccer star Mario Balotelli is only 22-years old, and as the face and presumable future of Manchester City and the Italian National Team, it’s safe to say that he has a long career ahead of him.
The most adorable recreation of an excessive celebration you'll see all day.
Perhaps we jumped the gun a little when it was reported that Mario Balotelli – just one day after Italy lost to Spain in the Euro 2012 Final – was ready to embrace his role as a proud daddy when <a href="http://withleather.uproxx.com/2012/07/mario-balotelli-didnt-need-to-win-euro-2012#page/1">his ex-girlfriend Raffaella Fico announced that she was pregnant with his baby</a>.
Italy may have had its meatballs snipped off by Spain <a href="http://world.time.com/2012/07/02/la-rojas-stunning-euro-2012-success-enthralls-a-depressed-spain/">with a 4-0 loss in the Euro 2012 Final</a>, but that doesn’t mean it’s all misery and depression for Mario Balotelli and Co.
Soccer racism is something we rarely talk about at With Leather, because 1) it's one of those ridiculous, inexcusable traditions hanging on as "part of the sport" because people in Europe never officially got a Civil Rights movement, and 2) <a href="http://withleather.uproxx.com/tag/soccer" target="_blank">we never write about soccer</a>.
While most parody Twitter accounts simply bring us <a href="http://twitter.com/notjaycutler">incredibly accurate portrayals of NFL quarterbacks</a>, an account <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/MarioBaloteLAD">dedicated to Italian striker Mario Balotelli</a> actually helped spread a friendly reminder earlier this morning to aspiring European soccer hooligans.
Perspective and <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/mario-balotelli">Mario Balotelli</a> don't go together.
Michael Jordan didn't give fair warning <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJfhWRTUgnI&feature=related">when he jammed home a missed</a> Scottie Pippen free throw.
In the "Subway Series of Soccer," Manchester City trampled Manchester United 6-1 on Sunday to prove they weren't pretenders but contenders for the Premier League Crown.
It sorta looks like somebody broke in and stole our furniture, but at least we don't have an "under construction" gif at the top of the page anywhere.
<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=131608"> The European domestic leagues may have already begun but the post-World Cup malaise—a hangover for the winning Spanish—is finally over. With the close of the transfer window and thus the end of the associated player movement, players, managers, fans, and everyone in between must accept their fates for the next four crucial months. For some, prospects are especially brighter than others, adeptly wheeling and dealing in a financial climate during which few have dared to venture. And for an even smaller number of clubs, fortunes will look up for years to come with moves like the six listed below. <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/05/the-transfer-season-begins-villa-to-barca-aguero-to-chelsea"> 1. David Villa to Barcelona for 40 million euros Announced <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/05/the-transfer-season-begins-villa-to-barca-aguero-to-chelsea">prior to the World Cup</a>, its impact was overshadowed by the impending summer showcase.
The beauty of sports is that they often force folks to confront racial, social and economic issues head-on.