Let’s be honest, you’ve got to be a little bit in love with yourself to want to erect a personalised statue at your own home.
But then Mario Balotelli has never been the shy and retiring sort.
The mad-cap former Manchester City striker has commissioned a life-size monument to be put up at his new house in Brecscia.
Balotelli, who moved to AC Milan in the January transfer window, has entrusted Italian artist Livio Scarpella with the work and specifically asked for it to immortalise his bare-chested pose after scoring against Germany in the Euro 2012 semi-final.
‘I received the commission, but have never actually met Balotelli, so I am working from photographs,’ Scarpella told Italian newspaper Il Giornale di Brescia.
‘I presented various sketches, but Mario wanted to be immortalised in the pose he strikes when he scores: rippling muscles and an expression to challenge the opponents.
‘I imagined him as an athlete from ancient times. The statue will be between the classic and pop style, in platinum and coloured bronze with the eyes made of precious stones.’/Metro.Co.Uk/