Video - Mario Balotelli's revival continued with a cracking goal

Balotelli scored a classy goal against Monaco
Balotelli scored a classy goal against Monaco

Mario Balotelli’s unexpected revival at Nice continued on Wednesday night, as he scored twice against Monaco to fire his latest team to the top of the French league standings.

Balotelli’s disastrous spell at Liverpool and his subsequent struggle to find a new employer led many to conclude the controversial Italian striker’s days at the top of the European game were at an end.

Yet Balotelli has found his scoring touch since joining Nice and the first of his two goals against Monaco included a magical first touch and a classy finish:

His second goal was a classy finish that was greeted with a typically cheeky celebration:

Of course, Balotelli tends to be on his best behavior when he signs for a new club and he needs to confirm that he can produce match winner performances over the course of a full season in France.

However, the early signs are good, with Balotelli clearly enjoying life at Nice and not missing Liverpool for a second.