Manchester City beat a 10-man QPR 3-2 with two goals in added time to make Manchester United's 1-0 win over Sunderland irrelevant and win their first league title in 44 years. It was an ending so incredible that it will probably take a few months of intense analysis to make sure it actually happened, but in the meantime, Mario Balotelli has a message for his critics.
"A lot of people talked bad about me, so now they have to shut up and watch me," said Balotelli with his winner's medal around his neck.
From having his bathroom set ablaze with fireworks to being told he wouldn't play for the rest of the season by Roberto Mancini after he was sent off for violent conduct in a loss to Arsenal, Balotelli has been under a tremendous amount of scrutiny this season. And while much of it was brought on by himself, Mario was still the guy City brought on for Carlos Tevez with their final substitution when they were losing in the 76th minute. And when he left the pitch, he had that winner's medal.
Mario also told how he predicted City's comeback after they went down 2-1 and that he preferred winning this way than to winning by a wide margin.
"For United to suffer a little bit is better for us," he added with a sly grin.
That said, here are some photos of Man United suffering and City celebrating...
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