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Mario Balotelli's French revolution shows no sign of ending anytime soon

The former Liverpool flop has rediscovered his goalscoring as his club sit at the top of the league.

Image: Claude Paris

MARIO BALOTELLI TOOK his tally for the season into double figures as his Nice team got the better of Dijon to extend their lead at the top of the French standings to four points – albeit provisionally.

The volatile and controversial Italian has rediscovered his form since arriving in Ligue 1 and his brace proved the difference.

It was his third double of the domestic campaign, bringing him to eight for the season in eight appearances – a strike rate of a goal every 77 minutes.

He’s also found the net in the Europa League and Coupe de la Ligue.

The run of form puts Balotelli in good company. Only Zlatan Ibrahimovic had more Ligue 1 goals after his first eight games.

The last time the club won the domestic championship was in 1959 but they could still be on top once the Christmas break rolls around.

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