Mario Balotelli has been nominated for the Puskas Prize. It is thanks to the fantastic wonder goal he succeeded in the Turkiye stage.
The International Football Federation (FIFA) unveiled the candidates for the ‘The Best FIFA Football Awards 2022’ on the 13th (Korean time). Player of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Manager of the Year, Fan Award, Fair Play Award, Best Eleven, as well as the Puskas Award nominations for best goal were also nominated. Voting begins on January 12, and the awards ceremony will be held on February 27.
Familiar names appeared. Theo Hernandez (AC Milan, Italy Serie A match against Atalanta), Kylian Mbappe (France, 2022 Qatar World Cup match against Argentina), Richarlison 바카라, Dimitri Payet (Marseille, UEFA Europa Conference League match against PAOK) ) were included. Among all candidates, there were three female players.
The ‘original bad boy’ was also named. Balotelli played for Inter Milan, Manchester City, AC Milan and Liverpool in the past. The score recorded in the match against Goztepe in the 38th round of the Turkiye Super League in the 2021-22 season in May, which belonged to Adana Demirspor, was selected.
At that time, Balotelli showed the pinnacle of his decisive power by recording ‘port tricks’ at 33 minutes in the first half, 36 minutes in the first half, 44 minutes in the first half, and 16 minutes in the second half. They were leading 6-0 in the 25th minute of the second half. Balotelli received a long ball from the half line and broke through. He broke through directly to the penalty box, then he did a ‘stepover’ and stripped the opponent’s defense. Afterwards, he shook the net by finishing with ‘Ra Bona’.
Balotelli once again proved his ‘devil talent’ at Adana. He was selected again for the Italian national team as he fired a flare of revival on the stage of Turkiye. However, due to a disagreement with the director, the company ended abruptly, and he left Turkey without any regrets.
Balotelli, now 32 years old. He is currently active in the Swiss Super League Sion, scoring 5 goals in 9 league matches and showing a sharp appearance. Balotelli shared the news of being nominated for the Puskas Award through social media and encouraged fans to vote.