Watch: Mario Balotelli posts goal celebration video on Instagram mid-match

File photo of Mario Balotelli. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 04, 2019, 11.55 AM (IST)

Italian professional footballer Mario Balotelli, who is more famous for his Instagram posts, Sunday did something rarely seen on a football field. 

Balotelli, the former Manchester City star playing for Marseille in France's Ligue 1, scored with a brilliant overhead kick and then did the unthinkable. 

After the goal, Balotelli collected his phone from a cameraman before and filmed his celebrations with teammates and uploaded it on his Instagram during the game. The 28-year-old then carried on playing.

Balotelli scored his fourth goal in six Ligue 1 games since joining Marseille from Nice in January. He scored at Florian Thauvin's 12th-minute corner with an excellent acrobatic volley.

Marseille doubled their advantage nine minutes later through a Thauvin penalty and closed out the win with ease.

"Balotelli takes the pressure, he takes the limelight. He reminds me of (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic and he scored an Ibrahimovic goal," said Saint-Etienne coach Jean-Louis Gasset.

"He has brought back the public, the confidence, and many of his teammates will raise their level of play."

Rudi Garcia's men have now taken 13 points from their last five league matches to leapfrog Saint-Etienne into fourth, just five points adrift of Lyon in the race for the third and final Champions League spot.

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Balotelli, the former Manchester City star playing for Marseille in France's Ligue 1, scored with a brilliant overhead kick and then did the unthinkable.