The Gazzetta dello Sport publication decided to keep things really classy in the lead-up to Sunday’s Italy versus England quarterfinals showdown. How? By depicting Italian soccer star Mario Balotelli as King Kong, of course.

In a cartoon that ran on Sunday morning in one of Italy's top sports newspapers, Balotelli could clearly be seen hanging on Big Ben smacking away soccer balls for reasons unknown.

While it's unclear what exactly that drawing was trying to get at in terms of Balotelli’s play, the depiction of him as a giant gorilla didn’t leave much to the imagination.

Check it out (via Larry Brown Sports)

You’ll recall that before Euro 2012 even kicked off, Balotelli pledged that he would walk off the pitch if he heard any racism at any point. Well, here’s to hoping that he isn’t an avid reader of Gazzetta dello Sport.

Italy ultimately won the game on penalty kicks, 4-2. They will face Germany on Thursday in the semis.

(Kudos Larry Brown Sports)

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