Mario Balotelli Biography
Mario Balotelli is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a striker for the Italy national team and the French club Olympique Gymnaste Club Nice Côte d’Azur (OGC Nice).
Mario Balotelli Age & Height
Balotelli was born on 12th August 1990. He is 27 years old as of 2018 with a height of 1.89 m (6ft 2 in).
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 the Italian club A.S.D.P. Ciliverghe di Mazzano as a forward. The two brothers often hang out together and can be spotted in similar hairstyles.
Mario Balotelli Girlfriend – Daughter
Balotelli has been in 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. 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.
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.
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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 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
- OGC Nice
Mario Balotelli stats
Year Matches Goals Assists Yellow Card Red card
2017-18 28 18 1 11 1
2016-17 23 15 1 6 3
UEFA Europa League
Year Matches Goals Yellow Card Red card
2017-18 7 6 3 0
2016-17 4 1 3 0
Year Matches Goals Assists Yellow Card Red card
2017-18 28 18 1 11 1
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Mario Balotelli training at Nice as Marseille transfer rumours go quiet
Updated: 19 Jul 2018
Mario Balotelli has finally begun preseason training with Nice over two weeks later than the rest of Patrick Vieira’s squad.
Balotelli was an unexplained absence when Vieira took charge of his first training session with the Ligue 1 club at the start of July.
Amid media speculation that Balotelli was set to end his two-season stint with Nice and join rivals Marseille, the Italy forward had kept himself out of the spotlight.
However, he returned on Tuesday afternoon for an individual session — though not at Nice’s new training centre with the rest of the squad. Instead, the former Manchester City and Liverpool striker was put through his paces on the pitch and in the gym at the club’s old training facility.
Balotelli’s return adds weight to L’Equipe’s claim that negotiations between Marseille and Nice, who are demanding €10 million, are at a standstill.
It also goes some way to clarifying whether Balotelli remains under contract with Nice, with some reports claiming he was a free agent and others saying he still has a year to run on his deal.