Mario Balotelli struggles to undo his laces

Last time he failed to put on a bib properly and now Mario Balotelli has struggled to undo his own laces.

The Italian striker missed the opening two minutes of Nice’s Ligue 1 contest with Nantes on Saturday afternoon as he desperately attempted to loosen his laces on the side of the pitch.

The former Manchester City and Liverpool forward went out to start the game but immediately decided his boots were too tight and ended up getting a member of the Nice coaching staff to help him out.

Mario Balotelli struggled to untie his boot laces on Saturday as Nice drew with Nantes

Mario Balotelli struggled to untie his boot laces on Saturday as Nice drew with Nantes

The Italian striker was certainly not impressed as he missed the opening of the Ligue 1 game

The Italian striker was certainly not impressed as he missed the opening of the Ligue 1 game

The former Premier League striker needed help from a member of Nice's coaching staff

The former Premier League striker needed help from a member of Nice’s coaching staff

Bib ❌

Laces ✅@FinallyMario misses the first two minutes for @ogcnice to adjust his laces which were too tight…🤔 https://t.co/ZUkMdHCFD8

— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) March 19, 2017

Balotelli, who certainly didn’t see the funny side of things, eventually managed to sort himself out and returned to the pitch two minutes into the game.

This isn’t the first time the charismatic striker has had a wardrobe malfunction.

Back in 2011, with former club City, he had to have a member of staff help dress him before their Europa League clash against Dynamo Kiev as he struggled to put on a bib.

Luckily for the 26-year-old, his brief absence didn’t affect Nice on Saturday. But they did succumb to a 1-1 draw against Nantes, meaning they lost vital ground on their Ligue 1 title rivals.

Balotelli failed to inspire Nice to victory on Saturday as they drew 1-1 with Nantes

Balotelli failed to inspire Nice to victory on Saturday as they drew 1-1 with Nantes

Nice, playing away from home on Saturday, went behind after Emiliano Sala scored in the 22nd minute.

However, the visitors did find a way back into the game through Jean Michel Seri just six minutes later with a brilliant strike from the edge of the box.

The result for Balotelli and his club team-mates has left them third in Ligue 1 on 64 points, four behind Paris Saint-Germain and seven adrift of frontrunners Monaco.

Balotelli and his Nice team-mates have lost vital ground on their Ligue 1 title rivals

Balotelli and his Nice team-mates have lost vital ground on their Ligue 1 title rivals

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