Mario Balotelli Barwuah was born on born 12 August 1990. He is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie B club Monza.
He started his professional football career at Lumezzane and played for the first team twice before having an unsuccessful trial at Barcelona, and subsequently joining Inter Milan in 2007.
Inter manager Roberto Mancini brought Balotelli into the first team, but when Mancini left, Balotelli’s disciplinary record fell away. He had a strained relationship with new manager Jose Mourinho
As a result he was suspended from Inter’s first team in January 2009 after a number of disciplinary problems.
Apart from his controversy in the field, Mario is one such generous player towards charity. Information has been out in the public for a while now that Balotelli gives almost half of his earnings to charity, especially Africa.
In 2013, UK’s The Mirror quoted Balotelli’s ex-girlfriend model Tabby Brown who he dated while playing in Manchester.
Balotelli’s website, www.mariobalotelli.it, does not quote figures, but indicates that some charity funds go to Africa to benefit children.
Despite his antics and controversies, he deserves respect.