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The maverick Italy international showed a unique way to complete a World Cup sticker book, while United States players paid tribute to John Brooks' after his late winner

Whether it's creating havoc in his spare time, posting bizarre photos and clips on various social media platforms or scoring goals against England, Mario Balotelli is rarely, if ever, out of the limelight.
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His headed goal for Italy against the Three Lions secured all three points for Cesare Prandelli's side and highlighted once again the mark of quality he brings to the Euro 2012 finalists and he celebrated stylishly, filling an entire double page spread with stickers of his own face.

Elsewhere, the United States revelled in John Brooks' dramatic late winner against Ghana and Per Mertesacker assumed the role of pilot as Germany flew back to their training base with a morale-boosting 4-0 win over Portugal.

The star of that show was Thomas Muller, who netted the first hat-trick of the tournament to take his World Cup tally to eight goals in seven appearances, and the 24-year-old posted an animated video via Vine of his three goals. They're so very efficient, these Germans.

As the first round of group games nears its conclusion, Goal rounds up the best of the World Cup on social media...

SUPER MARIO ... Balo's one-man team
 


USA! USA! ... Klinsmann's side off to winning start


SIR DAVID ... The Cahills meet the Beckhams
PER-PELLER ... Mertesacker flies Germany back to base

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