Forget about the numerous Twitter accounts that impersonate Mario Balotelli. The trendy Milan forward now exists on one of the world’s leading social platforms.
The choice of his Twitter handle, @FinallyMario, is believed to be a response to all the Balotelli parody accounts. Oddly, he has not uploaded a profile picture to replace the egg symbol in a purple font.
At 14:50pm CET on Thursday, the ex-Manchester City player tweeted his first words with a picture of himself smiling in a car. In the early hours of Friday, the photo counted 370 retweets and was favourited by 237 users.
Balotelli, prolific in front of goal, also racked up 188,000 Twitter followers and counting in his first 15 hours – more than 12,000 users every hour.
Expect ‘Supermario’ to soon establish himself as one of the athletes with the widest army of followers on this social network. In typical fashion, the boy who often gets caught in a mess lost himself in the complexity of Twitter.
“How do i use this???” he asked DuceMayn who joked that he would “try to guide Mario before he gets into trouble.”
The Twitter lessons appeared to go smoothly. A few hours later, Balotelli was interacting with South American football stars Neymar, Ronaldinho and Sergio Aguero. His list of followings includes Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao, Barcelona’s Gerard Pique, former Chelsea player Shaun Wright Phillips, Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany and Real Madrid’s Kaka.
Top celebrities such as Cristiano Ronaldo are widely accused of leaving their social accounts in the hands of agents instead of staying close and personal with their fans. In Balotelli’s case, there is no doubt that it is his fingers that typed each of his tweets.
“I don t have instagram and i don’t have Facebook so slap the faces of the fakes! Ahahah,” the 22-year-old announced on Twitter after sending out the following strong message in English and Italian.
He then added: “Don t belive anything u read unless is coming from me guys ok? Non credete a niente che leggete a meno che non venga da me ragazzi ok?”
After multiple tweets and a couple of minutes before midnight local time, ‘Supermario’ felt exhausted and left his fans with a fresh mobile picture of himself dressed in a black top with – strangely enough – a neat haircut.
Could that be a sign that Balotelli is shaping up into a perfect young man far away from controversy?
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