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Italian football striker who also plays for Manchester City

  • Mario Barwuah Balotelli is an Italian footballer of Ghanaian descent.
  • He also plays as a striker for Manchester City Football Club.
  • He started his professional football career at Lumezzane.
  • He has intestines related complications as an infant.
  • Because of the poor living conditions, his parents asked him to be fostered.
  • In 1993, he was entrusted to be Italian foster family, the Balotellis.
  • He was officially gained citizenship in Concesio on 13 August 2008.
  • He is often nicknamed Mario and Super Mario for his ability to play with the ball.
  • He earned his first cap for the Italian national team on August 10, 2010 in a friendly match against the Côte d'Ivoire.
  • He became the first black players to play for the Italian national football team.
  • He had a strained relationship with new head coach José Mourinho that lead to his suspenion from Inter's first team in January 2009 after a number of disciplinary problems.
  • In March 2010, he came under criticism by Inter fans after he appeared on the Italian TV show Striscia la notizia, wearing an A.C. Milan jersey.
  • He joined Manchester City in August 2010.
  • In June 2010, he and a group of friends fired air pistols in the open in Milan’s Piazza della Repubblica.
  • In 2010, he was photographed in the company of two noted Mafia mobsters.
  • He made a goal in the match against Ireland in Group C match of Euro 2012. He made a goal in the penalties against England in the quarter-finals stage. In the semi-finals made against Germany, he made both the goals of his team and helped Italy enter into the finals.

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