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Name Mario Balotelli
Gender Male
Birthplace Palermo
Ethnic Ghanaian
Job Italian Footballer
Desc Having emerged at Inter Milan he would head to the Premier League and Manchester City with Roberto Mancini, where he would play his role in the club’s early successes following their billionaire investment. He would be awarded the Golden Boy in 2010, modestly admitting that he had not heard of Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere who he beat to the gong


Org Italy National Team
Club as Player Brescia FC
  AC Milan
  Manchester City
  Inter Milan


Daughter Pia Balotelli
Father Francesco Balotelli
Mother Silvia Balotelli
Agent Mino Raiola
Coach Roberto Mancini

2014 10 Retrieve

[Mario Balotelli on Steven Gerrard] I had really not seen much of him before this season, apart from for England, but wow. I think of him as being at the same level as Pirlo. Vision, technique, but he is powerful as well. Stevie can do anything. It’s going to be very difficult for the team to find another player like him in the future

2016 11 12 Retrieve

[Nice forward Mario Balotelli talks about his admiration of the club’s supporters] Frankly, of all the club’s I’ve played at, these supporters generate the best atmosphere I’ve ever seen. It’s cool. I’m happy when people like me

2016 11 19 Retrieve

[Mario Balotelli talks about Nice’s Ligue 1 title chances in France] I’m happy here [at Nice]. I’ve settled in very quickly in this fantastic place. There are a lot of youngsters in the team and the coach is very good and I’ve found everything favourable. There’s still a long way to go, but if we do win the title, I’m going to fly a helicopter over Nice

2019 11 03
Mario Balotelli was racially abused in Verona yet some of his own club’s fans turned on him before the president labelled him ‘fragile’

2019 11 29 Retrieve

[Six years ago, Mario Balotelli was asked in an interview with Sports Illustrated what it was like ‘to be black and Italian’] It’s amazing. And now there are a lot more coming, so I’m not alone anymore

[Mario Balotelli wrote on Instagram last year] I am not a robot, nor an epidemic or even an idiot. Many times I don’t reply, to avoid problems and unnecessary tension, but I hear and see it all and it accumulates and I get fed up too

[All Balotelli has ever wanted was to be accepted. When he was finally able to secure citizenship upon turning 18, he declared] I feel Italian. I am Italian. I will represent Italy always. [And yet he admitted last year that he might not accept an Azzurri recall even if one was forthcoming] Have you ever thought that, and it might never happen, but one day you could need me and I’d be ready the same way I have been for the last three years, but hearing some of you insulting, denigrating and underestimating me over the years, I might be tired emotionally and therefore refuse to go?

I just ask that you respect me as much as I respect Italy and then we’ll be fine. I don’t expect to be mollycoddled or considered a phenomenon, but I guarantee that you could only get the best out of me with respect, because I am doing nothing to warrant this disrespect

[Balotelli was particularly upset by what unfolded in Verona earlier this month because his daughter Pia was watching on television] That made it hurt three times as much. It’s also happened to her before and you cannot insult a child saying words like that. We adults have to set the standard and show how to be civil