Italian Prison Inmates Sure Do Love Mario Balotelli (Video)

Gianluigi Buffon has won eight Serie A goalkeeper of the year awards, three UEFA Team of the Year honors, one European Footballer of the Year award, a Yashin Award, and most importantly, he backstopped the Italian national team to the World Cup title in 2006.

Mario Balotelli has won…well, nothing really.

So why would Balotelli be the one receiving all of the attention from dozens of inmates during a recent visit to a prison near Florence, while Buffon was almost entirely ignored?  Perhaps being in prison has made them unaware of Buffon’s many accomplishments over the past decade?  Or maybe the televisions in Italian prisons only offer feeds for English Premier League games?  Or, as prison inmates, maybe they simply can’t stop themselves from rooting for the bad boy?

Whatever the case may be, I am still surprised to see that Balotelli was somehow able to escape that mob with all of his jewelery still on his body.

Hat Tip – [101 Goals]

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