Soccer star Mario Balotelli tries to swipe photographer’s camera in latest attempt to turn tables on the press


posted Monday, August 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM EST


Italian soccer (aka football) star Mario Balotelli is the latest athlete to try to turn the tables on professional photographers.

First, there was Kobe Bryant of the Los Angles Lakers attempting, unsuccessfully, to take photos with his fancy Canon DSLR at the Olympics. Then there was Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt "borrowing" a photographer's camera after his gold medal win in the 200mm in London and snapping off a few shots.

Now, the mercurial Balotelli, who plays for Manchester City in the English Premier League, tried to grab the camera of team photographer Sharon Latham on his way to the locker room.

As you can see from the video below, Latham, who is reportedly often the subject of pranks by Balotelli, held on tight to her DSLR, letting him only escape with the lens hood.

Better luck next time, Mario!

(Via PetaPixel)