Mario Balotelli Tattoo, Best Celebrity Tattoos, Best Football Player Tattoos and Meaning
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To mark his first Barclays Premier League goal of the season, Mario Balotelli celebrated in a way only he could – by having the words of Genghis Khan inscribed on his torso.
The Manchester City striker, who has been desperately out of sorts for his club this season, will hope the new tattoo helps him rediscover his form.
‘I am the punishment of God,’ reads the artwork. ‘If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.’
The Italian ace recently added to his collection of inkings with a tattoo of a quote from the bloodthirsty Asian military leader.
Placed on the left side of Mario’s chest, the artwork reads: “I am the punishment of God.
“If you had not committed great sins/ God would not have sent/ A punishment like me upon you.
Mario seemed relaxed and happy as he received the tatt – thought to have been done last Saturday – posing for pictures and giving the thumbs-up.
Before his death in around 1227, Ghengis Khan’s Mongol Empire empire stretched from China in the east to parts of what is now Russia in the west.
As the quotation suggests, his conquests were accompanied by the large-scale massacre of civilians in countries his forces defeated.
Tattoos. Body art, a symbol of individuality and one’s belief in personal freedoms or a waste of perfectly good skin and an invitation for a total stranger to make a permanent spelling mistake on your body?
Mario Balotelli’s in the former camp, obviously, and has reportedly celebrated ending his Premier League goal drought on Wednesday by adding to his collection.
And, Mario being Mario, it’s not of the common or garden variety.
Instead, the Manchester City and Italy striker has had a – correctly spelled – quote etched into the left side of his chest that, presumably, is meant to be an intimidating message to the men trying to mark him.
The words read:
“I am the punishment of God.
If you had not committed great sins
God would not have sent
A punishment like me upon you.”
Chilling, we’re sure you’ll agree, though we’re not sure how centre-halves are meant to read it when it’s hidden under his City shirt.
The quote is not, as you may assume, from out-takes of Samuel L Jackson’s classic “The path of the righteous man…” monologue in Pulp Fiction.
No, the Daily Mail reports it came from Genghis Khan, the Mongol warlord who conquered China in the 13th century.