Word on the Tweet: 'Bowser' Balotelli hailed, Lineker gets competitive and Barton gets fat

Jay DeMerit has a new nickname for the Manchester City and Azzurri star, Rio Ferdinand cut a frustrated figure and the QPR midfielder revealed his new favourite fast food order
He receives his fair share of criticism, but football's Twitter army could only watch on in admiration as Mario Balotelli fired Italy to a 2-1 victory over Germany with two first-half goals.

Andrea Pirlo continues to win plenty of plaudits for his performances during Euro 2012 while, off the field, it's fair to say a couple of players remain in 'pre-pre-season' mode.

Word on the Tweet investigates...

"You say #SuperMario. I say he's more like #Bowser."
USA defender Jay DeMerit thinks Mario Balotelli deserves a more menacing nickname after his match-winning performance against Germany.

"Whatever happen in the final between Italy and Spain, for me Pirlo is should named player of the tournament. His been outstanding."
Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba echoes the thoughts of many in his praise for the magnificent Andrea Pirlo.

"U know that feeling when u want to really say what u think, but if u speak out now you're advisers say it would affect things - I'm there!"
WOTT has never had an advisor, let alone several - we are our own boss - so not really, Rio Ferdinand, no.

"Can't wait for the final and the rare opportunity to go head to head with another channel. Going to need your help. Not that i'm competitive"
Balotelli vs. Torres? Pirlo vs. Xavi? Buffon vs. Casillas? No, the BBC vs. ITV ratings battle is the match-up that Gary Lineker is looking forward to on Sunday night.

"Just discovered the McDonald's breakfast wrap thanks @taggerdutaggerr #goodbyemcmuffin is all I can say..."
Joey Barton is following a strict pre-season diet plan in an attempt to hit the ground running having been handed a lifeline by QPR.

"My loan spell with arsenal will be officially over tomorrow..I want to say again a big thanks to the fans and the club"
Yossi Benayoun could be leaving another club before long, with a move away from Chelsea looking likely this summer.

"Just arrived at northenden golf club. It's going to get hurt today."

Norwich City striker Grant Holt apparently plays golf the same way he plays football.

"Love the news that @BenFoster has signed for the baggies. Welcome to the Revolution big guy."
Ben Foster's return to West Brom was welcome news to striker Simon Cox.