It may have been a day to set the benchmark for the year to come, but the Premier League's favourite prankster still found time for some mischief on the opening afternoon.Same old Mario
His hi-jinx didn't involve fireworks this time, but a flash of a different kind as he grabs an expensive piece of camera equipment from Manchester City's club photographer Sharon Latham.
Just before the champions' opening match against Southampton, the unpredictable striker is filmed strolling down the tunnel at the City of Manchester Stadium, casually hi-fiving the young mascots.
Meanwhile, Latham is crouched on the floor snapping away at him. The switch in Balotelli's mischievous mind goes and he reaches out for the flash, almost dragging the photographer with him as she tries to cling on.
And with a broad smile on his face, the Italian then twists of the lens and walks off the to changing room.
The embarrassed Latham doesn't know where to look and can only laugh at the prank.
The referee Howard Webb, walking down the tunnel behind Balotelli, struggles to hide a smirk as he walks past.
Balotelli came on for the last 20 minutes of City's 3-2 opening day win against Southampton as a replacement for David Silva.