When Mario Balotelli famously asked ‘Why always me?’ through a message on his T-shirt, there was one clear answer: Because you’re nutty Mario.
Thankfully, the publicity-shy Italy striker has done little to dispel that thought with his move to AC Milan in January.
While the fuss around the 22-year-old appeared to die down for a brief period, Mario was back with his old trick of struggling to get into some training kit last week, leaving Rossoneri team-mate Antonio Nocerino exasperated.
Now, he has shocked even die-hard Mario-madness fans by declaring he will allow Real Madrid’s players to sleep with his girlfriend Fanny (stop it…) Neguesha if they produce an almighty comeback in the Champions League semi-finals, according to Spanish papers Marca and AS.
He is quoted as saying: ‘If Real Madrid comes back in Champions League, I’ll let my girlfriend sleep with them!’
Being 4-1 down from the first leg at Borussia Dortmund, that is not impossible for Jose Mourinho’s men – but it is unlikely.
However, thanks to barking Balo, they now have an added incentive to turn the tie around, namely Mario’s offer to send Ms Neguesha out on a loan deal for the night.
Still, there is no indication as yet of whether model Fanny is up for the cup, as it were. Mario may just find himself in the doghouse tonight, we reckon. Again.