By Tom Todhunter
A collection of Mario Balotelli anecdotes coupled with a few facts, jokes and opinions.
A is for AC Milan. If you’re a football player for Inter Milan, what’s the most intelligent thing you can possibly do? That’s right! You parade around on national television wearing the shirt of your club’s bitter rivals, AC Milan!
B is for bib.
C is for Camorra. Balotelli is suspected by many to have links with The Camorra – a criminal organisation very similar to The Mafia – because he was given a guided tour around notoriously violent areas of Naples by mobsters. He claims not to have known that they were mobsters at the time.
D is for derby. Manchester Utd 1-6 Manchester City. Mario Balotelli scored twice as City handed Utd their heaviest defeat in Premier League history – something the fans won’t soon forget.
E is for ego. "There's only one player that is a little stronger than me: Messi. All of the others are behind me.” – see N for a follow up.
F is for fireworks. Mario is extremely safety conscious when it comes to fire safety. He would never do something irresponsible like - I don’t know -shoot fireworks from his bathroom window! See Q for a follow up.
G is for generosity. Mario Balotelli has regularly been spotted handing out £20 notes to passers-by. See H for a follow up.
H is for homeless. After winning £25,000 in a casino, Balotelli handed a homeless man £1,000 in cash. When asked why, he said it was because he liked his ginger dreadlocks and beard.
I is for impound. Balotelli has reportedly had his white Maserati sports car impounded 27 times whilst racking up a staggering £10,000 in parking fines.
J is for Jenny Thompson. The prostitute linked to Wayne Rooney in the media. Balotelli reportedly saw her in a Manchester restaurant (See, Tevez – Manchester does have restaurants) and started chanting “ROONEY! ROONEY! ROONEY!” at the top of his voice.
K is for karma. Mario Balotelli’s back-heeled goal attempt against LA Galaxy landed him in hot water with Roberto Mancini. He was subbed off instantly. Balotelli claimed that he only attempted the back-heeled goal because he thought he was offside.
L is for Lothario. Balotelli reportedly shouted at a ‘wannabe WAG’ in a restaurant. With food falling from his mouth he told her to come over. Unbelievably, she came over. He handed her his phone and told her to store her number in it. Even more unbelievably, she did it. She then left without either of them saying another word. Who says romance is dead?
M is for marmite. You either love him or you... continued at The A to Z of Mario Balotelli.