Just a few months after Balotelli’s arrival to Nice the supporters of the French club are not diffident anymore. The Italian striker already scored several goals for the red-and-black and he is pushing the club toward the top of the Ligue 1. The team is sitting in the first place of the ranking and looking forward to pass the Europa League group stage. The fans are enthusiast of the performance of the player and the overall sell of Balotelli’s jerseys is there to confirm that the Italian striker broke into their hearts.
According to the French newspaper “Nice Matin” the Nice football club is selling 10 jerseys per hour and it expects to sell 15,000 in total, of which 10,000 are of the Italian forwarder. Numbers even doubled compared to what happened just a year ago. Since Mario Balotelli’s arrival to Nice even the subscriptions sharply increased (20%), from 10,000 to 12,000. Everyone seems to be crazy for Super-Mario Balotelli and his jersey is very popular not only in France. Many requests have arrived also from Australia, the United States of America, and China. The average stadium turnout has risen to 22,695 spectators against 19,192 a year ago.
Nice’s supporters are constantly attending the training sessions of the team as well hoping for the possibility to take a picture with their Italian idol. The social platforms of the club experienced a real surge: + 32% Instagram, and + 18% Facebook. The official Nice football club website is followed even by Italian users. Last September 1 million unique visitors were surfing on it.