Mario Balotelli should accept Italy were beaten by a better side in Sunday night's Euro 2012 final according to the striker's coach Cesare Prandelli.
Although, Balotelli returned to collect his medal in the Olympic Stadium following the Azzurri's 4-0 hammering by Spain, the 21-year-old was clearly upset at how the evening had unfolded.
Initially, the Manchester City man stormed straight down the tunnel at the final whistle, and angrily shrugged off the attempts of Italian officials to stop him.
He refused to speak with reporters as he made his way out of stadium, at the end of a thoroughly miserable night.
"There are times when you have to hold your hands up accept defeat," said Prandelli.
"Sometimes you must say your opponent was better than you."
The Azzurri conceded twice in each half as they were overpowered by the defending champions.
It condemned them to suffer the heaviest defeat in a final and left Balotelli shattered after he had gone into the game with such high hop...