Mario Balotelli Biography
Mario Balotelli (full name: Mario Balotelli Barwuah) is an Italian professional footballer who plays for the Italy national team and the Ligue 1 side Nice as a striker.
Balotelli began his football career at Lumezzane before joining Barcelona and later he went to Internazionale in 2007. Roberto Mancini was the one who brought Balotelli to Inter’s first team when he was the manager but when he left, Balotelli strained relationship with new manager José Mourinho leading to a suspension in January 2009.
Mancini also led to Balotelli’s move to Manchester City in August 2010 after deciding to give him a fresh chance at a new club. His activities continued to be unpredictable and he eventually fell out of favour with Mancini after a “training ground bust up” between the two in January 2013. Several weeks later, Balotelli was back in Italy with A.C. Milan. He then joined Liverpool, returned to Milan on loan and subsequent departure on a free transfer to Nice.
Mario Balotelli Age
Balotelli was born on 12th August 1990 in Palermo, Italy. He is 27 years old as of 2018
Mario Balotelli Family – Parents
The player was born in Palermo, Sicily as the son of Ghanaian immigrants (Thomas Barwuah and Rose Barwuah) who moved to Bagnolo Mella in the province of Brescia, Lombardy, when he was two. He was placed in foster care at the age of three in 1993, when his own family was unable to pay for his health care needs. His foster parents are Silvia, the Jewish daughter of Holocaust survivors, and Francesco Balotelli and they lived in Concesio, Brescia, northern Italy.
At first, he stayed at the Balotellis during the weekdays, and returned to his biological parents on weekends. He later was permanently fostered by the Balotellis full-time, and adopted their surname. Balotelli had to wait until his 18th birthday to request Italian citizenship, as his foster family had not adopted him. He officially gained citizenship in Concesio on 13 August 2008.
Mario has three biological siblings: Abigail, Enoch, and Angel Barwuah. Enoch Barwuah who is two years younger than Balotelli, is also a professional footballer.
Mario Balotelli Brother
Enock Barwuah is the younger brother to Mario and the second born son of Rose Barwuah and Thomas Barwuah. He is a professional currently playing for FC Pavia 1911 as a forward. The two brothers often hang out together and can be spotted in similar hairstyles.
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Mario Balotelli Daughter
Balotelli has been with various ladies one of them being Raffaella Fico who claimed that she was pregnant with his child, in July 2012. Balotelli responded by claiming that he would only assume paternal responsibilities upon a positive paternity test. Fico’s daughter Pia was born on 5th December 2012 and later that month Fico accused Balotelli of being “irresponsible” and “not interested” in her newborn daughter. In February 2014, Balotelli finally acknowledged paternity of his daughter Pia following a positive DNA test.
Mario Balotelli Son
In March 2013, the footballer was engaged to his then Belgian girlfriend, Fanny Neguesha but the two split in September 2014. He has a second child, a son named Lion, born on 28th September 2017 to an unidentified woman.
Mario Balotelli Man City
On 12th August 2010, Inter reached an agreement for Balotelli’s transfer to Manchester City for €21.8 million. On 19 August 2010 Balotelli came on as a substitute to score in his debut against Politehnica Timișoara in a 1–0 away win in the Europa League, but he picked an injury to the lateral meniscus in his right knee and on 8 September underwent surgery that sidelined him until October.
He made his Premier League debut on 24 October as a substitute in a 3–0 home defeat to Arsenal and made his first Premier League start on 30 October in a 2–1 away defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers. The footballer scored his first goal of the 2011–12 campaign in a 2–0 League Cup win against Birmingham City. He followed this up with the opening goal against Everton three days later.
On 1 October 2011 he scored his third goal in as many games in a 4–0 win away to Blackburn Rovers. He then made his Champions League debut for City on 2 November 2011, in the second leg against Villarreal. He scored on a penalty shot near the end of the first half, his first Champions League goal for City and his seventh goal overall in the season.
The season was full of controversies from the player in the field which led to a decision by the club to fine him two weeks’ wages for his poor disciplinary record. Mario also decided to fight against the decision by taking his club to a Premier League tribunal but dropped his tribunal action and accepted the fine.
Mario Balotelli Liverpool
Balotelli joined Liverpool in August 2014, for a fee of £16 million He made his Liverpool debut in a league game away to Tottenham Hotspur on 31 August, a game Liverpool won 3–0. Balotelli scored his first Liverpool goal on 16 September, opening a 2–1 Anfield victory against Ludogorets Razgrad in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.
On 18 December 2014, he was suspended for one match and fined £25,000 for posting an image on social media which appeared to contain anti-Semitic and racist references. Balotelli’s first Premier League goal for Liverpool came on his 13th appearance, on 10 February 2015, an 83rd-minute winner in a 3–2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield, nine minutes after replacing Daniel Sturridge. He scored just 4 goals in 28 appearances.
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He went back to A.C. Milan on season-long loan deal on 27th August 2015 and scored his first goal on his third appearance. He however suffered a groin injury in a 1–0 defeat to Genoa on 27 September, requiring surgery and ruling him out for three months. He returned to action, coming on as a substitute on 17 January 2016 in a 2–0 home win over Fiorentina; before scoring the lone goal from the penalty spot nine days later during the first semi final leg of the Coppa Italia against Alessandria, as he helped Milan reach the final of the tournament.
Balotelli then returned to Liverpool in the middle of 2016, but with no future under new manager Jürgen Klopp, who chose not to include him on Liverpool’s pre-season tour to the United States or any of the club’s other friendlies.
Mario Balotelli Nice
On 31 August 2016, it was announced that Balotelli had joined OGC Nice on a free transfer, after signing on a one-year deal. He made his debut for Nice, starting in a home Ligue 1 match against Marseille, converting a penalty in the 7th minute and scoring a header from Ricardo’s cross in the 78th minute as Nice won the match 3–2.
On 21 September, Balotelli, in only his second Ligue 1 appearance, struck another double in the 30th and 68th minutes as Nice thrashed Monaco 4–0 in the Azurean derby at the Allianz Riviera to go to the top of Ligue 1. He scored his fifth goal in just four competitive matches for Nice when he fired home a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area in the 43rd minute after an assist from Malang Sarr in a 2016–17 UEFA Europa League Group I match against Krasnodar in an eventual 5–2 away defeat.
On 21 December, he received his first official red card in a Nice shirt in a 0–0 Ligue 1 away draw with Girondins de Bordeaux for kicking Igor Lewczuk. After a match against SC Bastia on 20th January 2017, Balotelli claimed on Instagram that he was a victim of racist abuse when fans of the Corsican club allegedly made monkey noises directed at him during the match and just prior to the start of the match. The claims were confirmed by his teammate Alassane Pléa.
The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) announced an investigation into Balotelli’s allegations. The disciplinary committee ordered SC Bastia to close part of their stadium for three matches and imposed a suspended one-point deduction on them for “the behaviour of the supporters of SC Bastia – shouts with racist connotations towards Balotelli, use of pyrotechnic devices and intrusion of supporters at the edge of the field”.
He reached ten Ligue 1 goals for the season, scoring in a 2–2 draw with Caen on 10th March 2017. Balotelli went on to sign a one-year contract extension with Nice on 25th June 2017. He played his first match of the 2017-18 season in Nice’s Champions League qualifying round first leg, in which he scored in their 1–1 draw against Ajax.
Mario Balotelli Height
The Italy national has a height of 1.89 m (6ft 2 in).
Mario Balotelli Net Worth
The Italian professional footballer has a net worth of $60 million with a salary of $7 million.
Mario Balotelli Current team
- Italy national football team – Forward
- OGC Nice #9 Forward
Mario Balotelli Stats
The following statistics are correct as of 4th December 2018.
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Balotelli rules out Milan return in blast at disrespectful fans
Adopted from: goal.com
Published: 6th November 2018
The possibility of the Italian striker heading back to San Siro seems even more remote after the striker accused some supporters of lacking respect
Mario Balotelli has accused some AC Milan fans of lacking respect and gratitude following their derisory response to rumours linking him with a return to San Siro.
The outspoken Italy striker is in his third season with Nice, although he is yet to register a goal in 2018-19.
Speculation began to circulate recently that Balotelli could complete a move back to the Rossoneri, where he spent two spells either side of an ultimately unsuccessful switch to Liverpool.
That talk was met with scorn by some sections of the Milan faithful, prompting Balotelli to post a riposte via an Instagram story.
“It is nice to see so many Milan supporters who would not like my unlikely come back to Milan,” he wrote.
“It’s fine, one day you are needed and another day you are not. It is important to not have regrets.
“I have not planned any transfer so far.
“I wrote that because I want to highlight how there is no gratitude and no respect from people I will always love.”
While Balotelli has seemingly ruled out a return to San Siro, he may need another move soon in order to get his career back on track.
The positive progress he made through his first two years at Nice has stalled this term, with current boss Patrick Vieira having questioned his value.
The Frenchman said of the fiery frontman in November when reflecting on a 1-0 win over Nimes: “We didn’t put enough pressure on our opponent. Just like Mario Balotelli, we were less than average.”
Balotelli’s former boss at Inter and Manchester City, Roberto Mancini, has also questioned the 28-year-old’s mindset, telling Radio Anch’io Sport: “I’m sorry to see Balotelli waste his talent the way he does, but I think he can keep people entertained by scoring goals.”