Nice star Mario Balotelli shows off daring new hairstyle

Safe to say, Mario Balotelli has not enjoyed a particularly impressive start to his second season at OGC Nice, with questions lingering over his commitment to the cause.

Indeed, after scoring 26 goals in 38 appearances for the Ligue 1 side last campaign. the Italian striker is yet to open his account in five outings so far this year and as such has found himself rotated in and out of the first-team frame.

Fans and critics have also pointed to an apparent lack of fitness after Balotelli dipped out on preseason training, with coach Patrick Vieira confirming the forward returned from his summer break overweight.

Balotelli's response to the naysayers? Why, to get an elaborate new hairstyle of course.

"Last of the Mohicans," the 28-year-old beamed while debuting his latest 'do on Instagram, before inviting his followers to offer their thoughts on his freshly braided plumage.

It's clear that an awful lot of work has gone into creating Balotelli's daring new look, which is probably more than can be said for the effort being put into his return to form so far this season.