AC Milan ace Mario Balotelli will have a statue of himself made from platinum and bronze.
AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli has commissioned a statue of himself to be displayed in his own home, according to the sculptor tasked with making it.
“I have received the commission, but I’ve never met Balotelli so I am working from photos,” said sculptor Livio Scarpella to Il Giornale di Brescia.
“I presented several drawings but Mario wanted to be immortalised in a pose that shows him having scored a goal, highlighting his muscles and with an expression of defiance.
“I have imagined him as an athlete from ancient times and the statue will be a mix of classical and pop style in platinum and coloured bronze with the eyes made of stones.”
It is believed that the statue will be in the shape of the image above, after Balotelli famously scored a brace against Germany in the UEFA Euro 2012 semi final.
The Italy international cultivated a reputation as something of an eccentric thanks to his escapades whilst at Internazionale and Manchester City.
Whether visiting women’s prisons, setting fire to his own bathroom with fireworks then becoming the face of a firework safety campaign, throwing darts at youth players or failing to put on a bib, Balotelli has been a constant source of entertainment.
You can revisit our top ten best Balotelli moments at Manchester City here, and it looks like the 22 year-old is already on his way to commissioning a similar article whilst at AC Milan!