Mario Balotelli will always remain an iconic figure for Manchester City fans after his infamous celebration in their 6-1 win over Manchester United.
The former City striker spent three years at the club after joining in 2010 from Inter Milan to reunite with manager Roberto Mancini. The Italian made an instant impact in Manchester, scoring 10 goals in all competitions in his debut season with the side.
The following season saw City bring in the likes of Gael Clichy, Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri as they looked to mount a title challenge against bitter rivals Man United. While Sir Alex Ferguson's side drew first blood by beating their noisy neighbours 3-2 in the Community Shield, the time had come for the two sides to meet in the Premier League.
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City's 6-1 demolition victory at Old Trafford still remains to this day as one of the most shocking results that had ever graced the league. On top of the thrashing City handed their rivals, Balotelli – who scored twice in the game – made sure to etch his name in the history books of the fixture through a unique celebration.
Appearing on the Ninety Three Twenty Podcast, ex-City kit man Les Chapman opened up on Balotelli's decision to have the message 'Why Always Me' printed on his under-shirt which he displayed after scoring the opener in the game. "Every morning we used to go to this little area at the back of the dressing rooms," he said.
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"This particular day Mario took me around and said 'I want this printed on my shirt, what do you think?' I said yeah I'll print it up, but [I told him] you can't have anything that's offensive to United fans or anybody really. He came out with one or two things and I said 'No, Mario' and then he said 'what about why always me?' As soon as he said it I thought that's just about perfect and then I got in trouble after the game."
Chapman admitted that the Italian's antics stopped him from printing anymore shirts and revealed Balotelli tried to get commission from the shirts being sold. "They wouldn't let me print anymore shirts after that game because instead of just lifting his shirt up to there, he lifted it over his head and got booked so David Platt said 'message from Mancini, don't print anymore shirts'.
"After five minutes it had gone global so Mario said to me 'Get onto Umbro, we want commission on this stuff being sold'. So I rang Umbro and requested and they said 'we can't do anything about it'."
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