Mario Balotelli slides on his knees through airport security scanner

Sean Gibson
Mario Balotelli still hasn't run out of novel ways of enjoying himself

Everyone loves an away win, and it's always great to see the players enjoy them as much as the fans.

Mario Balotelli, of course, is no ordinary player. So when he bagged a brace in Nice's 2-1 comeback win in Lille, he didn't just celebrate on the pitch – he celebrated on the way home too.

With a knee-slide through airport security.

It might not have been an advisable move, but Mario correctly gambled that people tend to make exceptions for him.

The security man even gives Balo a little clap as he gets to his feet.

Balotelli casually knee sliding through airport security after he scored last night ��

— The Offside Rule (@OffsideRulePod) April 8, 2017

Balotelli celebrates his match-winning brace against Lille Credit: PASCAL ROSSIGNOL/REUTERS

It's not all fun and games, mind, and Balotelli circles back around to go through the scanner in a more sombre, formal manner.

Balotelli has played a big part in a spectacularly successful season for Nice, who are still just about in the French Ligue 1 title hunt with neighbours Monaco and the ubiquitous Paris Saint-Germain.

The Italian forward has bagged 13 goals in 19 league appearances since his free transfer from Liverpool last summer.

The capricious striker has made a name for himself with his on- and off-field antics but his career began to peter out after successive multi-million-pound transfers.

Balotelli displaying his famous 'Why always me?' slogan after scoring in the Manchester derby, addressing the media's scrutiny of his off-field behaviour

Signed by City as a 20-year-old for £22million in 2010, Balotelli was part of the club's first Premier-League-winning side in 2012, laying on his only-ever City assist as Sergio Aguero scored the injury-time, title-clinching goal.

Departing for AC Milan for £19million in 2013, Balotelli subsequently moved to Liverpool for £16million a year-and-a-half later to replace the outgoing Luis Suarez.

Balotelli popular with his team-mates after scoring against Lille this weekend Credit: DENIS CHARLET/AFP

After making only 16 league appearances for the Merseyside club, and enduring an unsuccessful return to Milan on loan, the 26-year-old was allowed to move to Nice on a free.

Balotelli may have regained his magic touch in front of goal in southern France, but his idiosyncrasies remain as his three red cards so far this term attest.

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