Mario Balotelli - footballer | Italy On This Day
Mario Balotelli in action for Italy's national team He had a difficult relationship with City manager Roberto Mancini, with whom he first worked. Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, who was linked with Marrai -Ricco, and was asked about his relationship with Balotelli. Mario Balotelli fought with Roberto Mancini 'like cat and dog' at Manchester . ' His [Balotelli's] relationship with Mancini often made me smile,'.
On Sunday, he celebrated the first of his two goals in the thrashing of Manchester United by lifting his shirt to reveal a vest that said 'Why always me? Solemn and unsmiling, he held a poster of rockets exploding into the sky accompanied by the message: Just another week in the life of the Premier League's most talked-about footballer.
The fact that Manchester's fire service had no idea that the Italian striker was the new face of the campaign just adds spice to the story. We didn't know about it until we saw the photograph," a spokeswoman for Greater Manchester fire and rescue service said, adding: Apart from the goals and fireworks, it's been a quiet few days for the year-old — yes, he was photographed flicking through the porn mag Fiesta in his local newsagents while out shopping with girlfriend Raffaella Fico, and he was transformed into the superhero of a Taiwanese animated cartoon film, and he announced, yet again, that he hoped to become the best player in the world, but that's about it.
In a world of identikit footballers it's not surprising that Balotelli has become such a cult figure. On the pitch he has amazing strength and grace — he strokes balls into the net rather than wallops them, and performs overhead acrobatics in the penalty area — and he frequently infuriates by attempting the impossible or spurning easy chances. He was substituted in a pre-season friendly after decling an easy chance in front of goal, instead pirouetting, backheeling the ball, and missing.
His manager Roberto Mancini said it showed contempt for the fans, the game and the opposition. In recent weeks he has flourished, with six goals in five games. But it is off the pitch that he has continued to attract most attention. It's not just simply the ever-changing haircuts Gold stardust number 1, tyre-track mohawk, multicoloured patchwork reminiscent of Matisse's Snail, M shaved into his necknor the fireworks.
And on it goes. It's impossible to separate truth from urban myths, and City fans don't care to — preferring to collate all his deeds and misdeeds into a multi-versed tribute that is possibly the longest song in football history, and being extended by the week.
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As a young boy he suffered a life-threatening intestinal illness. The family moved to the wealthy industrial city of Brescia to give his father the opportunity of work in factories.
But they had three other children and their living conditions were cramped, and after Mario's operation they asked social services for help. He was fostered shortly before his third birthday, initially for a year, to Francesco and Silvia Balotelli, a middle-class white couple who already had two sons and a daughter.
Balotelli has stayed with them ever since and calls them his parents, though they never officially adopted him.
He claims his parents dumped him and only wanted to know him when he became famous; they say they always wanted him back.
He is particularly close to his adoptive sister Cristina, a journalist who covered the war in Afghanistan and has done much to protect him, and he now appears to have a good relationship with his biological siblings who were not fostered. Cristina Balotelli says he is a complex character. He has a strong personality.
He knows what he wants; has no fear of anything. He has this ability to be cold — to not feel tension. He was kicked out of a youth team for disruptive behaviour when he was just seven, and also had to be disciplined after mooning out of the back of a team bus at a jeep full of Italian soldiers. By his early teens he had the build of a man, and the attitude to go with it. It's impossible to understand Balotelli without taking race and Italy into account.
When he turned professional, black Italian footballers were a rarity — akin to being a black footballer in England in the s or 80s. Bananas were thrown, unforgivable comments made. The booing of Balotelli started well before he played in Italy's premier league, Serie A, said Ezio Chinelli, chairman of lower league side Lumezzane, where Balotelli was a youth player from nine to According to Balotelli's unofficial biographer, Raffaele Panizza, the black child with the thick Brescia accent was acutely aware of the colour of his skin.
Throughout his career in Italy, he was the target of racists. The abuse he was subjected to by Juventus fans led to a partial closure of Turin's Olympic stadium.
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Even outside Inter Milan's San Siro stadium graffiti was daubed: He looked sulky, and asked why he should smile when he scored as it was his job. Balotelli thought he was the best, and did not take kindly to those who suggested otherwise.
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Much as he felt safe and loved by the Balotellis, he still regularly encountered racism as he grew up. Although Italy accepts many immigrants, including refugees, from northern Africa, they form a tiny percentage of the population and tend to be more widely scattered than in some European countries.
It did not help that he was not allowed to apply for Italian citizenship until he was His talent for football did help, but only up to a point. He encountered jealousy at school and when he made his debut at 15 years of age for Lumezzane, the Serie C club 20 minutes from his home where he took his first steps towards a professional career, he was subjected to racial abuse by a section of the crowd.
This continued after he joined Inter at the age of 16, with racist chants and monkey noises a particular problem in matches against the Turin club Juventus.
Nonetheless, his talent shone through. He also scored twice in his first competitive start, in a Coppa Italia match against Reggina on December The only fallow periods in his career came at Liverpool, for whom he scored only once in 16 Premier League matches, and in a second spell with AC Milan, on loan, which again yielded just one goal in 20 Serie A appearances. But his goalscoring form has been restored since moving to France, where his 15 goals for Nice in his first season, following a free transfer from Liverpool, came in 23 Ligue 1 games, including two on his debut against Marseille.
At 18 years and 85 days, Balotelli was the youngest goalscorer in Champions League history when he found the net for Inter against against Cypriot side Anorthosis Famagusta in November His career tally of Champions League goals stands at eight, with 13 from 33 appearances for Italy, for whom he last played in the World Cup finals.
Balotelli has been an object of fascination for the media, from the glossy magazines for whom he has done fashion shoots to the tabloid newspapers in England, who reported many off-field incidents of unusual behaviour, some of the them true, others not.
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