The Mirror reports the City teenager was bragging in his local barber shop about how good he was at Pro Evolution Soccer to all who would listen.
While applying the final touches to his latest trademark Mohawk, the barber told Balotelli he was a dab hand at the game too.
To his surprise the young Italian promptly challenged him to a game at his city centre pad.
It was a challenge that he could not resist.
The second game ended 4-4, with Inter winning on penalties. But in the decider, Balotelli was blown away 5-1.