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Mario Balotelli’s celebratory shirt originality is on the decline

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Mario Balotelli after scoring against Blackburn. (Getty)

Mario Balotelli scored Manchester City's first goal in their 3-0 win over Blackburn and he celebrated his goal by lifting up his shirt to reveal another special message. It was Mario's first goal since returning from his four-match ban for stepping on Scott Parker's head, so you might expect another message along the lines of his "Why always me?" shirt. Instead, he went with the more pedestrian "Raffaella ti amo" ("Raffaella I love you").

It's common for footballers to use their undershirts to declare their love for significant others, which is why it's surprising Mario would go that route. Unless, of course, he had a pack of llamas delivered to model/girlfriend Raffaella Fico's apartment before the match even though she's deathly allergic to them and this shirt was his way of saying "just kidding!" Which seems entirely possible.

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