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Soccer Twitter was not happy after Mario Balotelli missed this goal

We'd hate to be Mario Balotelli walking the streets of England after this.


Imad Khan

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Posted on Oct 20, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 9:19 am CDT

When an American football player messes up, fans get angry. When a European football player messes up, fans get really angry.

That’s exactly what happened to Italian footballer Mario Balotelli after the star Liverpool player missed his shot by a mile—or perhaps it’s better to say a kilometer.

Liverpool fans on Twitter have not been the most civil in expressing their grief.

Yeah, but would a postman miss an open letterbox and blaze it over the door frame @FinallyMario?

— The Red Devils (@TheRedDeviIs) October 19, 2014

“Wanna hear a joke?” . . . . “Balotelli.”

— MS19 (@mikesanz19) October 19, 2014

I don’t care how much he gets paid or how successful blah blah blah. @FinallyMario will always be the European back house reject #LFC

— Elijah (@eliejar) October 20, 2014

Amazingly, that wasn’t the most embarrassing part of the match. That would be the own goal where QPR defenders Richard Dunne and Steven Caulker diverted a ball straight into their net.

So yes, Liverpool still ended up winning 3-2, but again, when European football fans get angry, it’s like nothing else seen in professional sports fandom. Granted, Liverpool did spend £16 million pounds to sign the guy, so it’s easy to see why some fans are upset with his performance.

H/T Metro | Screengrab via YouTube video

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*First Published: Oct 20, 2014, 7:57 am CDT