Mario Barwuah Balotelli won national attention as the youngest Inter player in the Champions League and when he scored two goals against Juventus being instrumental in a 3â€“2 win for Inter.
Best known as Balotelli, is a striker in AC Milan, playing for the Italian National Football Team in World Cup 2014.
Balotelli’s net worth was estimated to beÂ US$35 million in 2013.
Born and raised:
August 12, 1990, inÂ Palermo, to immigrants fromÂ Ghana. In 1993, the authorities suggested he be placed intoÂ foster care. The Barwuah family gave up the three-year-old boy to an Italian foster family, the Balotellis.
Balotelli waited until his 18th birthday to request Italian citizenship, as the Balotellis did not adopt him. Balotelli officially gained citizenship inÂ ConcesioÂ in 2008. Â After the ceremony he released the following statement: â€œI am Italian, I feel Italian, I will forever play with the Italy national team.â€
He started his professional football career at the age of 15 with A CÂ Lumezzane-an Italian football club. And was signed by Internazionale in 2006.
-Balotelli had a number of disciplinary problems, most notably involving head coach JosÃ© Mourinho who excluded him from the first team in the second half of January 2009 in Inter.
-Balotelli was the subject of racist chants throughout by Juventus fans, even during games not involving Inter, leading to Juventus being fined twice and the club ultimately punished with a partial stadium closure.
-The tension between Balotelli and Mourinho reached its peak on the eve of the UEFA Champions League second leg against Chelsea after the young striker was not called-up, following an altercation his manager.
-He again caused controversy in the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona on 20 April 2010 as he threw his jersey on the ground after the final whistle, in response to Inter fans who had booed him for his poor performance â€“ calling it his only regret in life, three years later.
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In 2010, Balotelli signed with Manchester City for â‚¬21.8 million. There he had a successful career. But, in December 2012, Balotelli decided to fight against Manchester City’s decision to fine him two weeks’ wages for his poor disciplinary record, which was dropped later.
In early 2013,Â A C Milan’s organising director Umberto Gandini announced that the team had agreed a deal to sign Balotelli from Manchester CityÂ on a four-and-a-half year deal rumored to be worth â‚¬20 million plus bonuses and add-ons. At present Balotelli plays as a striker for this club.
-In 2012, Balotelli was named as best dressed man in the world by GQ magazine.
-Balotelli was also 100 most influential people in the world Time Magazine in 2013
-Balotelli’s hot wheels include- Range Rover Evoque,Â Ferrari 458 Spider,Â Bentley Continental GT,Â Maserati GT, andÂ Audi R8 V10.
-In March 2013, Balotelli got engaged, and he currently resides in Italy, with hisÂ BelgianÂ fiancÃ©e, Fanny Neguesha.
-Balotelli practices Buddhism, and no longer drinks alcohol.
-Balotelli is a fan of mixed martial arts, as he has stated in the past that he would love to compete in the sport professionally if he were not a footballer.