Yes, Mario Balotelli (Italian soccer star, fashion icon, party boy) does have a very similar name to Mario Batali (TV chef, fashion laughin stock, party boy). But the thought of Molto Mario ripping a volley into the top of the net in his signature orange Crocs is endlessly amusing—as is the notion of a mohawk-rocking Balotelli standing at the stove stirring a pot of marinara sauce.
Many people are very confused by the notion that Mario Batali is playing in the World Cup (see also: the Internet is not very good at reading). Since both Batali and Balotelli are social-media rabble-rousers of the highest order, perhaps it’s only right that they have been conflated into one person by Twitter. Some users are clearly joking around about the mistaken identity, but others seem to genuinely believe that Batali plays for the Italian national team.
— Evan di Leo (@evandileo) June 15, 2014
Each time someone mentions Mario Balotelli, my mind confuses him for the chef Mario Batali. — Siri (@pjux) June 19, 2014
my dad wore crocs today at my sister’s soccer game i wouldn’t sit next to him
— N8 ⚡️ (@NUTHANIEL) June 8, 2014
That awkward moment when you read an article & think Chef Mario Batali was running around the pitch in… http://t.co/t6lb0XJVYX
— Sarah Conry (@Hippo1011) June 15, 2014
I say, lost money on that one. I thought England could defeat Mario Batali in a game of footer, what what!
— Clare Sera (@claresera) June 15, 2014
Mario Batali cooks AND plays soccer? This guy is amazing — Lonnie Moore (@lonniemoore) June 15, 2014
Mario Batali is good at soccer. — Tim Keane (@tfke) June 14, 2014
I didn’t realize that Mario Batali could chef and soccer, wow. — Dave Brown (@AnswerDave) June 14, 2014
I’m so stuck between two worlds that when I see the name Mario Balotelli (soccer star), my brain thinks Mario Batali (chef) and visa-versa — Lizz Summers (@LizzSum) January 7, 2014
Gotta love non-soccer fans asking me why chef Mario Batali signed with Puma. Thought he had a deal with Crocs, they say. — darren rovell (@darrenrovell) December 23, 2013
Woah, twitter created confusion – Mario Batali is not playing for Italy in the World Cup and I still don’t know anything about sports. — Priya Ramanathan (@PriyasDanceFace) June 14, 2014
“Isn’t Mario Batali that *crazy* ass Italian soccer player” – @mattlynley — Matthew Zeitlin (@MattZeitlin) October 3, 2013
Every time I hear about Mario Balotelli, I picture Mario Batali playing soccer. In his crocs.
— Ben Leonard (@endlessben) July 1, 2012