Italian and AC Milan striker, Mario Balotelli, is 24 today.
Mario Balotelli was born on 12th August 1990 in Palermo, Sicily to immigrants from Ghana who moved to Bagnolo Mella in the province of Brescia, Lombardy, when he was two.
In 1993, the authorities suggested he be placed into foster care and his biological parents gave up their three-year-old boy to an Italian foster family, the Balotellis. His foster parents are Silvia, and Francesco Balotelli. They lived in the town of Concesio, Brescia, in northern Italy.
Balotelli had to wait until his 18th birthday to request Italian citizenship, as the Balotellis had not adopted him. Balotelli officially gained citizenship in Concesio on 13 August 2008. At the end of the ceremony he made this statement, ‘I am Italian, I feel Italian, I will forever play with the Italy national team’.
Mario has three biological siblings: Abigail, Enoch, and Angel Barwuah.