Man City news

Balotelli left reeling by fishy prank

August 3, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Manchester City's controversial star Mario Balotelli has become the victim of a fishy prank by his team-mates while away on the club's pre-season tour.

Mario Balotelli
GettyImagesMario Balotelli: A sucker for pranks.

Balotelli has made waves at Eastlands since splashing down in England from Italy, throwing darts at youth team players, racking up £10,000 worth of parking fines and most recently getting hauled off after showboating against the LA Galaxy.

But team-mates have got their own back on the Italian by plaice-ing [sorry] a bag of kippers in his £150,000 Maserati just before they headed off to the US for a two-week tour.

"Mario had his head in his hands," a source told the Sun. "The smell nearly made him sick. It was revolting. There were flies in the car and the leather seats in the back had rotting fish all over them."

Super Mario may have been caught hook, line and sinker by the latest prank, but won't give up trying to bait his team-mates in the future.

"It won't put an end to the pranks, though. He's already formulating plans for revenge," the fish source added.