Mario Balotelli hammers free-kick past Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi… sort of

VIDEO: Balotelli hammers free-kick past Messi, Iniesta and Xavi in Barcelona wall… sort of

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

11:22 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:22 GMT, 10 January 2013

Mario Balotelli knows how to liven up a Manchester City training session – he's had plenty of practice.

But it wasn't manager Roberto Mancini that the striker was trying to get the better of this time.

He shoots, he scores: Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli was impressive as he practised free-kicks

He shoots, he scores: Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli was impressive as he practised free-kicks

Balotelli brought in Lionel Messi as he lined up a free-kick during a dead-ball drill. He also had Messi's Barcelona team-mates Xavi and Andres Inietsa in the wall – although they looked very much like the the training-round dummies used by clubs up and down the country.

Balotelli can be heard giving the plastic figures the names of the Barca stars before slamming one into the top corner to put the cap on a fine exhibition of shooting.

Aleksandar Kolarov, Scott Sinclair and James Milner also impressed and you can watch them all in our clip below.