The view from Italy

Mario Balotelli: A world all his own

November 1, 2011
By Adam Digby
Mario Balotelli is, and always has been, a reflection of his surroundings. Born in Palermo on the Italian island of Sicily in 1990, his Ghanaian immigrant parents moved north to Brescia almost immediately. Struggling with health issues and stuck in cramped living conditions, the Italian social services recommended Mario was fostered and aged just three he became a Balotelli after being informally adopted by Francesco and Silvio.

From there his prodigious and precocious footballing talents ...

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