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Outrageous rabona strike among five for Balotelli in historic final-day display

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 22 May 2022

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Mario Balotelli finished the Turkish Super Lig season in stunning fashion with the first five-goal haul in Adana Demirspor’s top-flight history.

Ninth in the table heading into Sunday, Balotelli’s ADS had little to play for against already-relegated Goztepe but put on a show.

Vincenzo Montella’s side ran out 7-0 winners, with Balotelli hitting five to finish the season on 18 league goals – behind only Kasimpasa’s Umut Bozok (20).

The Italy international’s outstanding display represented a club first, while Alex in May 2011 had been the last Super Lig player to net five in a match, for Fenerbahce against Ankaragucu.

This was Balotelli’s first hat-trick since scoring three for Manchester City against Aston Villa in December 2010, making him the first foreign player to hit a treble for ADS.

As if these achievements were not enough, Balotelli’s fifth goal was an outrageous effort perhaps set to be considered for the FIFA Puskas Award.

Seven step-overs tied Atakan Cankaya – who had earlier scored an own goal – in knots, finally working space seemingly for a left-footed shot before the striker executed a sublime right-footed rabona finish across the goalkeeper and into the bottom-right corner.

“Five goals for me today,” Balotelli posted on Instagram. “There was no better way to finish the championship! Thank you to everyone.”

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