Mario Balotelli, Gift That Keeps On Giving, Commissions Statue Of Himself
This is pretty ridiculous. But much cooler than another sportscar, I guess.
Italian footballer Mario Balotelli -- he of the camouflage Bentley and matching onesie -- has reportedly ordered a life-size statue of himself for his home in Brescia, Italy.
Football Italia, citing the Italian newspaper Il Giornale di Brescia, says the A.C. Milan striker has commissioned a local artist to create a sculpture of him doing the death-stare flex goal celebration he made famous at Euro 2012. Balotelli is 22.
“I presented various sketches, but Mario wanted to be immortalised in the pose after a goal: muscles in evidence and an expression to challenge the opponents,” [artist Livio Scarpella said.]
This seems to be the pose he adopted after scoring the second goal against Germany in the Euro 2012 semi-final.
“I imagined him as an athlete from ancient times. The statue will be between the classic and pop style, in platinum and coloured bronze with the eyes made of precious stones.”
Eccentric? No doubt. Then again, perhaps it's par for the course for a combustible savant with the words of Genghis Khan tattooed to his heart (literally): "I am the punishment of God / If you had not committed great sins / God would not have sent / A punishment like me upon you." GALLERY: SPORTS FIGURES WITH THEIR OWN STATUES