Balotelli ‘s popularity is reaching stratospheric levels on twitter.
After his second goal against Germany (below), he has been mentioned at a rate of 12 000 tweets an hour by about 21:00 BST according to twopcharts.com.
The twitter-sphere is almost evenly split with respect to tonight’s game between Italy and Germany. Indeed, if we company mentions of “Italy + win” and those of “Germany +win” there is only a slight preference for Germany… but just about. The snapshot was taken just a few minutes into the game when the score was still 0-0.