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Mario Balotelli


Mario Balotelli is an Italian footballer who plays as a striker for Manchester City and the Italian national team.

Personal Biography

Marion Balotelli is born to Ghana immigrants Rose and Thomas Barwuah in Palermo, Italy. He was later adopted by Francesco and Silvia Balotelli in Brescia. In June 2012, the biological parents of Balotelli want him to come home and that they didn't care for the money. Mario's grandfather Nana is a retired bus driver. He passed away in 2012.

Relationships

Mario Balotelli dated Italian model Raffaella Fico. He attended the midnight mass at his local church on Christmas Eve along with his girlfriend. They broke up in May 2012 after a year over the alleged affairs of Balotelli with other women. Cops were called at the end of their relationship over a row at his 3-million-pound Cheshire mansion. She is pregnant with Balotelli's child. It was learnt that Balotelli was thrilled when he heard the news before the Euro 2012 final.

Raffaella Fico has given another chance to Balotelli to work over their relationship after she is pregnant.

He is close to her adoptive mother Silvia and embraced her after scoring two goals against Germany in the semifinal of Euro 2012.

Lifestyle

Mario Balotelli maintains a lavish lifestyle despite his donations to charity. In December 2011, he raked up 55k pounds in just eight weeks after checking into a luxury hotel. He checked into the hotel after he broke a window at his house.

He lost a earring worth 10,000 pounds after a collision with teammate Kolo Toure. The ground staff made efforts to find it and he even offered a reward to the ground staff if they finds it.

Professional Career

Mario Balotelli plays for the Manchester City football club.

At Manchester City

Man City manager Roberto Mancini has asked Balotelli to quit smoking. The manager revealed in December 2011 that he held back from banning Balotelli from smoking.

Tournaments

Euro 2012

Mario Balotelli is part of the Italy squad who are the runners-up at the Euro 2012 football tournament. He was instrumental in making Italy to the final by scoring two goals against Germany in the semi-final. Italy beat England in the quarterfinal and Balotelli said that he would not join any Serie A club next season since his fans at Manchester City love him despite defeating England.

Mario missed his dog Lucky during the tournament so much t hat he asked a friend to send video clips to his home.

200 million pound valuation

Marion Balotelli is the first footballer to have an valuation of 200 million pound. His agent has claimed that Balotelli is worth 250 million Euros.

Philanthropy

Mario Balotelli has donated a huge part of his income to building a school. He has funded the Cuey Machar school, who renamed part of the school as 'Mario Balotelli Wing'. Balotelli was moved by the story of an ex-civil war soldier John Kon Kelei.

During the Christmas season in 2011, Balotelli dressed up as Santa and gifted away cash and gifts to people at random at Manchester. Some of the people who received his gifts have posted pictures receiving the gifts from the footballer on social networking sites.

Mario Balotelli in News

Manchester United favorites to win Premier League says Mancini
Mancini says Manchester United are the team to beat in Premier League

Prandelli believes Balotelli 'now has attitude to match talent' ahead Euro 2012 showdown with Spain
Italian coach Cesare Prandelli has praised Mario Balotelli's attitude ahead of Sunday's Euro 2012 final with Spain.

Coach Low given full backing by German FA despite Euro SF exit
The German Football Association has given coach Joachim Low its full backing despite yet another failure to cross the semifinal mark in a major tournament.

Spain identifies Italy's 'Super Mario' as major threat ahead of Euro final
Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas has admitted striker Mario Balotelli is a major threat to their chances of creating history when they face Italy in the final of the Euro Cup in Kiev on Sunday.

Redknapp wanted to sign 'major talent' Balotelli during spell as Spurs manager
Harry Redknapp has said he tried to sign Italian striker Mario Balotelli during his spell as Tottenham Hotspurs manager, and branded the Manchester City striker as a 'major talent'.

'Crestfallen' German camp upbeat despite crashing out of Euros at the hands of Italy
German coach Joachim Low has expressed disappointment at crashing out of the Euro Cup after a 2-1 defeat to Italy in the semifinal, but is confident his young side would be able to muddle through with the defeat.

Man City makes move to bind midfielder Silva to new improved contract
Premier League champions Manchester City has opened talks with midfielder David Silva's advisors in order to bind him to a new and improved contract.

Italy's De Rossi rebuffs rift with 'crazy' Balotelli as rumours
Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi has played down the suggestion that he had a feud with Manchester City's eccentric striker Mario Balotelli after the pair clashed heatedly during the first half of Italy's Euro quarter-final clash with England in Kiev on Sunday.

Balotelli's 'King Kong' cartoon in Italian paper sparks racist furore
Italy striker Mario Balotelli has landed in another race row after an Italian newspaper depicted him as King Kong in a deeply offensive cartoon in a photo-illustration.

Italian newspaper shows Balotelli atop Big Ben as 'King Kong'
Italian newspaper La Gazzetta Dello published a photo-illustration that showed Italy striker Mario Balotelli as 'King Kong' atop London's Big Ben, swatting away soccer balls.

Balotelli's sister warns England of brother thwarting their Euro 2012 semi-finals
Italy striker Mario Balotelli's sister Abigail Barwuah believes that he will thwart England's hopes of a semi-final clash with the Germans in the Euro 2012.

Italian WAGs 'more beautiful than England's'
As more than 10,000 England fans poured into Kiev for Euro 2012 quarter-final against Italy, England seems to have already lost the battle atleast in the showdown of the WAGs.

Mario Balotelli wraps his œ130k white Maserati GT in matt black
Mario Balotelli, who is much known for being a spendthrift, has given his 130,000-pound white Maserati GT a makeover by wrapping it in matt black.

Mario Balotelli wraps his 130k pounds white Maserati GT in matt black
Mario Balotelli, who is much known for being a spendthrift, has given his 130,000-pound white Maserati GT a makeover by wrapping it in matt black.

Sergio Aguero can score thirty goal in his debut season; Roberto Mancini
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes that Sergio Aguero can score around thirty goal during this season.

Man City players enjoy fancy dress Xmas party hours after Chelsea defeat
Just hours after being handed their first league defeat of the season by Chelsea, Manchester City players enjoyed a fancy dress Christmas party in London.

Homesick Balotelli wants to leave Man City
Italian striker Mario Balotelli, who joined Manchester City just five months before, wants to leave the club as he is homesick after failing to settle in Manchester.

Balotelli says he's better than other 'Golden Boy' award winners
Mario Balotelli has been named the best young player in Europe.

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