FIFA World Cup logoFIFA World Cup

Mario Balotelli Posts—and Deletes—Picture Pointing Shotgun at 'Haters'

Mario Balotelli, Instagram
Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJuly 11, 2014

Mario Balotelli has courted controversy after posting a picture of himself holding a shotgun at the camera on Instagram, with the accompanying message reading: "Big kiss to all the haters."

The Italy striker has been the subject of criticism over his performances at the World Cup, as well as his displays this season for AC Milan.

According to a report by Mark Ogden in The Guardian, former Italy manager Cesare Prandelli said "picking Balotelli was my mistake" as he resigned in the aftermath of the Azzurri's disappointing tournament.

Balotelli's response to criticism on Instagram was swiftly deleted—but, of course, not before the screenshots had been taken and captured for posterity.

Instagram

[Instagram, h/t 101 Great Goals for the screenshot]

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Download
Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices