Guillaume MARION, Media365: published on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 1:40 p.m.
On Sunday, during Adana Demirspor’s card in the Süper Lig against Göztepe (7-0), Mario Balotelli shone by scoring a quintuplet including a masterpiece to conclude his recital.
One thing is certain, « Super Mario » has lost none of his immense talent. On Sunday, the public present in the stands of the Yeni Adana Stadyumu was able to see more closely the technique and sense of goal of Mario Balotelli. Indeed, during the 38th and last day of the Süper Lig, the Turkish championship, the Italian striker fully participated in the huge card of his team, Adana Demirspor, against Göztepe (7-0). Faced with a team already relegated to the second division, the number 9 of the locals had his best game of the season by scoring five goals! After a hat-trick in a few minutes in the first minute (33rd, 35th and 44th), the former Olympique de Marseille player notably scored a double after the break, again in a short time (61st and 70th). It is precisely this last achievement that has made the rounds of the world.
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Served wide of the goal by Yunus Akgün, the Italian entered the box, then made Atakan Cankaya, a defender of the team based in Izmir, dizzy with multiple crossings of legs, before prolonging the ordeal of the young opposing goalkeeper Arda Özcimen (20 years old) by scoring with a scarf! A true masterpiece on his part, finishing the season with 18 goals in 31 Süper Lig games with Adana Demirspor. Visibly fit, the 31-year-old is no doubt now hoping to be called up by Roberto Mancini, the Italian coach, for the five meetings of the Squadra Azzurra in June. Indeed, back in selection in 2022, Balotelli could have the opportunity to show good things during the « finalissima » against Argentina on June 1 at Wembley or then in the League of Nations, where the 2020 European champions will face twice Germany (4 and 14), Hungary (7) and England (11).