Before the World Cup began, Italy's Mario Balotelli said that he didn't see England winning the tournament. He helped prove that widely held belief correct by scoring the winning goal in Italy's opening match against them and the Three Lions have now followed that with a loss to Uruguay, leaving them to pull up the rear in Group D with zero points.
England need to win their final match against Costa Rica, but first they need Costa Rica to lose to Italy. So Balotelli has tweeted a special request related to such an event.
If we beat Costa Rica i want a kiss,obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen.😂😂😂.— Mario Balotelli (@FinallyMario) June 19, 2014
Yes, Mario, who played in England with Manchester City for three years (and came away with a list of grievances), wants a kiss from Queen Elizabeth if Italy can beat Costa Rica. On the cheek, obviously — he is engaged now, after all.
Balotelli's message was retweeted over 100,000 times and "UK Queen" became a trending topic worldwide.
If all of this plays out to help England advance out of the group, the Queen just might be willing to fulfill her end of this bargain.