Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/3/13
Mario Balotelli is not one to avoid the spotlight, though his affinity for military camouflage might suggest otherwise. With this in mind, Portuguese street artist “Mr. Dheo” customized a pair of Nike soccer cleats for the AC Milan striker’s size 13 feet. The shoes feature what most soccer fans all know to be Balotelli’s favorite things: camoflauge, Superman logos, the Italian flag and his signature number 45. The killer kicks also include the phrase “BALO IS BACK,” to commemorate Balotelli’s instant success after joining AC Milan from Manchester City in January. The Italian international has found the net seven times in his first seven games with Milan. These sinister shoes are not Mr. Dheo’s first foray into cleat customization. In March, the Portuguese artist helped make a similar pair for on-loan Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong. As long as “Super Mario” continues to build on his furious goal-per-game pace, the fashion-conscious natives of Milan won’t care what he decides to put on his feet, however these shoes probably wouldn’t be their first choice. See Balotelli’s customized cleats below. Have a soccer question? Send it to us via Twitter at @NESNsoccer, NESN Soccer’s Facebook page or send it here. Photo via Twitter/@MrDheoOfficial Thumbnail photo via Twitter/@Adrenalina_Exc

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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