Italy’s Mario Balotelli said he does not see England winning the World Cup tournament. He said this days before the global sporting event began.
In their opening match against England, he scored the winning goal, further strengthening his belief of England’s chances. Shortly after, the Three Lions followed with a loss to Uruguay. This left them in the rear in Group D with zero points. Things get interesting from Balotelli’s predictions when he makes a wish involving Queen Elizabeth of England.
In their upcoming final match against Costa Rica, England needs a win. But for this victory to take place, Costa Rica must first lose to Italy. This is when Balotelli posted online his special wish from one of the world’s biggest iconic leaders. He said he wants a kiss from Queen Elizabeth if Italy can beat Costa Rica. Obviously he means a kiss on the cheek, as he is already currently engaged.
He tweeted: “If we beat Costa Rica I want a kiss, obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen.”
The former player of Manchester City who walked away after three years of playing for the team with a heavy load of grievances tweeted his request and made his special wish a trending topic worldwide.
The said tweet was retweeted about 100,000 times. “UK Queen” became the trending topic. Now football fans are not just anticipating how the match between Italy and Costa Rica will turn out for the interest in the game, but also to see if the Queen will give Balotelli his special request. If England manages to advance out of the group, some say she just might.
If the men of Cesare Prandelli pick up another three points, England’s stakes against Costa Rica become really high and must defeat them. They, and their thousands of fans, must also hope that Italy defeats Uruguay on the same night.
Prandelli said he believes the match will be in favor of the Costa Ricans on Friday night.
“As far as I’m concerned the South American teams have an advantage not just because they live and work and operate under these conditions, but their explosiveness is different from that of European teams,” he stated.
He also added that, “Based on the data that we looked at and the matches we analysed, the Europeans withstand more (defensively) – they’re more resistant – but they are less explosive vis-a-vis their South American counterparts.”
FIFA World Cup, more popularly known as the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men’s national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930 except during the Second World War period. The current champions are Spain, who won the 2010 tournament in South Africa.
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