Twitter reacts: Mario Balotelli scores just three minutes into his AC Milan debut

Liverpool loanee Mario Balotelli scored the first goal for AC Milan in a 3-2 friendly win over Mantova.

Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli didn't take long to register his first goal for AC Milan, albeit in a mid-season friendly. 

The 25-year-old found the bottom right-hand corner with a wonderful 25-yard effort and put the Italian giants on the right track to claim the friendly victory against lower league opposition. 

Andrea Poli added a second, but Milan still needed Brazilian international Luiz Adriano to score from the penalty spot to claim the victory on Thursday night. 

Despite it being just a friendly, the debut goal was enough to cause a reaction on Twitter and add weight to Adriano Galliani's comments about Balotelli having a completely different attitude, as reported by the Metro.  


Can Balotelli inspire a return to international football? 

Although the goal will give the Italian a much needed confidence boost, it doesn't take away from the fact he was playing in friendly when his countrymen were playing in an Euro 2016 qualifying match with Malta. 

Graziano Pelle was selected to start up front for Italy on Thursday night, however, the debut goal could be Balotelli's first step of many to win his place back in the side for the summer tournament. 

After being the main man for the previous two competitions - Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup - it stands to reason that the international snub could inspire the former Manchester City star to work harder than ever to get back in the side. 

He has the perfect chance now he is playing in his home country, but will know that anything less than a very successful season will see him miss out on the squad that travels to France. 

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