Man eats photo of Italy’s World Cup team after losing bet on Reddit

“I hope you find it as entertaining as it was unpleasant for me." 

 

Fernando Alfonso III

Internet Culture

Published Jun 21, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 2:22 am CDT

Reddit user and Italian soccer superstar Mario Balotelli learned a valuable lesson Friday: Don’t make statements you aren’t prepared to own up to.

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Prior to the game against Costa Rica in the first round of the FIFA World Cup, Balotelli, a striker, tweeted that if his team won he’d like a kiss from the Queen of England. A win for Italy would’ve kept England in the hunt for a round two berth.

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If we beat Costa Rica i want a kiss,obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen.😂😂😂.

— Mario Balotelli (@FinallyMario) June 19, 2014

Around the same time, Reddit user ArgieGrit01 was making a bold statement of his own.

“I swear to God, if they [Costa Rica] win I’ll eat a picture of the Italian football team,” ArgieGrit01 commented in a thread on r/soccer.

By Friday afternoon, both men were sorely disappointed.

Italy lost the game 0-1, mathematically eliminating England from the tournament and keeping Balotelli from his kiss.

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ArgieGrit01 made good on his promise. He uploaded the following video of him chowing down on a color photo of the Italian team to YouTube.

I hope you find it as entertaining as it was unpleasant for me,” he said. “Why am I writing this comment? Because I feel I deserve some goddamn comment karma as well because that tasted like shit (coincidence?)”

Screengrab via ArgieGrit01/YouTube

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*First Published: Jun 21, 2014, 2:42 pm CDT