Marseille striker Mario Balotelli on Sunday took the goal celebrations in football to a whole another level when we took a selfie video with his teammates and posted it on social media in the middle of the club’s 2-0 victory against Saint-Etienne in Ligue One (France’s top-flight football league).
The Italian international has been enjoying an impressive form having scored his fourth goal in just six appearances since joining Marseille from Nice in January. The fourth goal came after an assist from Florian Thauvin’s 12th-minute corner with an excellent acrobatic volley.
“Balotelli takes the pressure, he takes the limelight. He reminds me of (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic and he scored an Ibrahimovic goal,” said Saint-Etienne coach Jean-Louis Gasset.
“He has brought back the public, the confidence, and many of his teammates will raise their level of play.”
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As he celebrated his volley, Balotelli took a phone from the cameraman behind the goal before filming the video with his laughing teammates and posting it on his Instagram story.
The 28-year-old then carried on playing in the match and displayed a great performance overall. He is already turning into a fan-favorite among Marseille football club fans. He was not the first player to produce a selfie-based celebration after Roma great Francesco Totti took a picture of himself after scoring against Lazio in the capital-city derby in 2015.
Earlier on Sunday in the French League, Moussa Dembele scored twice as Lyon thrashed Toulouse 5-1 to strengthen their grip on a top-three spot.
Bruno Genesio’s Lyon, who are also through to the French Cup semi-finals and claimed a 0-0 first-leg draw in the Champions League last 16 against Barcelona, continued their strong season by moving six points clear of fourth-placed Saint-Etienne.
“Often this season, we haven’t been calm under pressure, but against Toulouse it was a good match,” said Lyon captain Nabil Fekir, whose 21-year-old younger brother Yassin made his Ligue 1 debut as a 79th-minute substitute.
“Playing with my brother was a huge pleasure.” The home side took less than 10 minutes to break the deadlock at the Groupama Stadium as Memphis Depay fired home a wonderful individual goal.