The unassuming, unpretentious and self-effacing Mario Balotelli has stepped completely out of his comfort zone and walked straight into a news story which shocked the world to its core.
Yes, this meek and mild man has ordered a statue to be made. Of himself. Topless. Posing as the Incredible Hulk.
His celebration against Germany in Euro 2012, that one where he flexed both skeletal and arrogance muscles, is to be forever immortalized in Mario's own home.
But are we really that surprised? This is the same man who went shopping for groceries and came back with a quad bike and trampoline after all.
However, Balotelli's bronze statue is not the strangest in existence—no, really, it isn't—and here are seven wonders of the footballing world that trump the Italian Stallion.