Mario Balotelli famously asked ‘Why Always Me’ after scoring in a famous derby. On Saturday night the former Manchester City striker was left asking ‘what if it was me’ after Cristiano Ronaldo’s derby winner for Juventus.
Derbies always bring out the most emotions in football, that’s likely to be the case in the ‘north west derby’ on Sunday when Liverpool host Manchester United, and can bring out the worst in players.
Famously one derby involving Manchester United brought out the most peak Mario Balotelli moment possible when the Italian scored and revealed a t-shirt under his kit that said ‘Why Always Me.’
On Saturday evening the Nice striker was watching another derby on television as Juventus took on Torino in the Turin derby.
Cristiano Ronaldo settled the game with the only goal of the 90 minutes from the penalty spot. The goal was controversial, not because of the awarding of the spot kick but because of his celebration.
After scoring the former Real Madrid forward ran at Torino goalkeeper Salvador Ichazo and chest bumped him, earning a yellow card in the process:
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Emotions are running high at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino…
Ronaldo was booked for his celebration after scoring from the spot, was it deserved? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/dS6BiNhkVD
— Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK) December 15, 2018
Watching on the sofa Balotelli clearly found the whole thing intriguing. He took to social media and posted on his Instagram story saying ‘If I had done it, byeeeeeee!’
Balotelli’s sentiment was very much ‘what if it was me?’ Image: PA Images
It might be a little bit of a stretch to say that Balotelli, or anyone, would have been sent off for what Ronaldo did but at the same time it wouldn’t be that much of a surprise if the former AC Milan forward was sent off.
For sure there would have been a much bigger reaction to him pulling off that kind of shenanigan after scoring a penalty.
The 70th minute spot kick from Ronaldo kept Juventus’ incredible unbeaten run this season going with the Old Lady sitting top of Serie A on 46 points, dropping just two points in their one draw with Genoa.
Balotelli might have thought ‘what if it was me’ but then fans of Nice would love to see him have 11 goals in 16 league games this season.