Aug 4, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli (45) slips by Chelsea defenders during the first half at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Mario Balotelli depicted as Christ the Reedemer statue

Italian striker Mario Balotelli is an exciting and polarizing figure in soccer. Balotelli has been known to take a statuesque pose every now and then when celebrating a goal. Take this goal Balotelli scored for Italy from the 2012 Euros against Germany.

After getting behind the defense, Balotelli launches one into the top corner and rips his shirt off, flexes and holds the pose like a statue. The celebration became so famous it was added to the FIFA video game in 2013 and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated similarly after a penalty kick goal in extra time of the 2014 Champions League final against Atletico Madrid.

Well Balotelli is headed to Brazil with the Italian national team for the 2014 World Cup and they’re in a group with England, Uruguay and Costa Rica. Brazil, the host nation, is famous for their own statue, and Balotelli posted a photo to Instagram that has him striking the famous pose of the Christ the Redeemer statue instead of the statue itself.

Of course that pose isn’t all that out of the ordinary for soccer players, they pose with their arms out like that all the time. Of course they’re usually looking up instead of down like the Redeemer statue.

For instance, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, representing England in Balotelli’s group, did a similar pose after an incredible bicycle kick against Manchester City.

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