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Balotelli celebrates new Nice deal with perfect free-kick in pre-season friendly

Date Posted,July 7, 2017

Mario Balotelli unleashed his inner David Beckham as he marked the start of the new season with a sweet free kick.

The former Liverpool flop curled over the wall and into the bottom left corner from 20-yards during a pre-season friendly.

The strike handed Nice the lead in a warm-up clash with Swiss side Servette as they won 3-1.

Balotelli also smashed a long range effort onto the bar – with the keeper struggling to see the ball through smoke because of a fan’s flair.

Mario Balotelli scored 17 times for Nice last season (Image: Reuters)
Mario Balotelli scored the stunning free kick (Image: REUTERS)
Mario Balotelli is staying at Nice for a second campaign (Image: REUTERS)

Balotelli recently signed a year extension on his Nice contract.

The Italian netted 17 times in his debut season in Ligue 1 – as he helped the side finish third in the league and qualify for the a Champions League.

Balotelli finally ended his Reds horror stint last summer when he was allowed to switch for free.

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