Mario Balotelli scores stunning golazo, acts unimpressed

Mario Balotelli scored a ridiculous winner late in Milan’s match against Bologna on Friday. In fact, it may have been the greatest goal Super Mario ever scored. But as we’ve become used to seeing, Balotelli was too cool to celebrate, preferring to simply put his hands on his hips and stare at the ground like nothing happened.

We don’t hate it — actually, it’s rather swagtastic — but it’s just not the reaction you would expect after such an amazing strike.

Thankfully, if you’re looking for more passion, there’s always legendary Milan play-by-play man Tiziano Crudeli. He didn’t disappoint Friday:



Amateur overshadows Lionel Messi during charity match

The match might have been contested by well-known names like Javier Mascherano, Diego Lugano, Thierry Henry and a certain Lionel Messi.

But the night ended up belonging to an amateur player from the Chicago suburbs who hasn’t yet managed to secure a professional contract.

During Saturday’s Messi & Friends charity match, Matt Eliason, a financial analyst for GE Capital — and former college player for Northwestern University — provided the highlight of the night with a perfectly executed bicycle kick after receiving a chip from Henry.

As soon as the ball made it’s way past the goalkeeper, the crowd exploded, and even grizzled veterans like Henry and Florent Malouda seemed genuinely excited for Eliason. Northwestern’s Twitter account went wild following Eliason’s incredible goal:

While it’s not surprising that Eliason managed the shot, considering that he is Northwestern’s all-time leading goal scorer, what is truly impressive is that he is not affiliated with any professional team. While Eliason pursued a career in soccer, even going so far as to attend MLS’s Draft Combine, the Illinois-native was passed over in the draft.

For Eliason, that oversight seems only a minor bump in his professional trajectory, as he continues to train daily in the hopes of joining an MLS team, despite a promising full-time job in finance.

With goals like this, one can imagine it won’t be too long until a professional team comes calling. Best of luck Matt and take a bow!

Photo: Brian Kersey/Getty Images


Chelsea fans, keep your eye on this kid.

Blues prospect Nathaniel Chalobah, who is on loan with Watford this season, scored this thunderous blast from about 30 yards out against Leicester. He hit it so hard, you can barely see the ball as it rockets into the net. My goodness!

It was an important goal, too. Chalobah’s strike was the difference in the game, keeping third-placed Watford’s hopes alive for automatic promotion to the Premier League. Had the Hornets lost, second-placed Hull City could have clinched promotion.

One last thing: Chalobah is only 18.


Goal of the month? How about goal of the season!?

Aston Villa’s Matthew Lowton scored this screamer against Stoke City on Saturday, and what an important goal it was, too. Relegation-threatened Villa needed a win, and Lowton’s goal in the 87th gave them one!