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Mario Balotelli dedicates goal against Mexico to Drake

Mario Balotelli Mario Balotelli scored the winning goal in the 78th minute. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Italian National team striker Mario Balotelli is never one to shy away from headlines. In his time with Manchester City, the now-A.C. Milan man nearly burned down his house setting off fireworks indoors, caused a stir by stopping in to use the bathroom at a college, and explained why he had £5,000 in his back pocket at a traffic stop with the line "because I am rich."

That wealth seems to have brought him some big-name friends. After scoring the winning goal in Italy's Confederations Cup opener against Mexico, Balotelli took to Twitter to flaunt said connections.

https://twitter.com/FinallyMario/status/346383292678930432

Though he may be on top tonight, Balotelli will have to be disciplined to stay there -- he picked up a yellow card for removing his shirt in celebrating the goal. Another card for the volatile Balotelli will see him get an automatic one-game ban.

While you're waiting for Drake to return the favor with a Balotelli-inspired hit, watch the goal (and celebration) below.

http://youtu.be/KFqWvFKPfek
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