Has Mario Balotelli pulled off the greatest goal celebration of all time? (Video)

Has Mario Balotelli pulled off the greatest goal celebration of all time? (Video)

Controversial Italian striker Mario Balotelli is rarely out of the headlines, and this weekend was no exception.

Balotelli scored the opening goal of the Ligue 1 match against Saint-Etienne with a spectacular overhead kick, but his celebration eclipsed the strike immediately.


 

The much-maligned Olympic Marseille striker took celebrating with the fans to a new level by using his phone to post his goal celebration to his 8.4 million Instagram followers.

 

The former Manchester City star — who can already claim ownership of one of the most famous celebrations in Premier League history when in 2011 he revealed a T-shirt with the quote, “Why always me?” — calmly took the phone from a cameraman before beckoning his teammates over and recording the video.

 

The stunt lit up social media, but Balotelli is far from the first player to use their phone to immortalize their celebrations.

 

AS Roma and Italy legend Francesco Totti took a selfie after scoring a dramatic equalizer in the Rome derby against Lazio back in 2015.

 

On what was his 40th appearance in the Derby della Capitale — not only a record then but one that remains unsurpassed today — Totti scored both goals for Roma as the Giallorossi came from two goals down to salvage a draw against their much-hated, cross-city rivals.

 

“I am not used to doing selfies,” Totti said afterward, perhaps excusing the fact that the then 39-year-old managed to cut most of his face from the image.

 

Has Mario Balotelli pulled off the greatest goal celebration of all time?

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