Rossoneri star puts record straight on various fabricated stories.
AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has moved to dismiss some of the tabloid rumours about his personal life from over the years.
The 23-year-old was subject to various stories during his time in England with Manchester City, and in an exclusive interview with Sports Illustrated he has moved to dismiss those that were made up by the press.
The Italian international recently joined Twitter, with one of the first statements he made declaring to his fans that they should not believe anything that is written about him unless he confirms it on the social media website.
However, he addressed some of the old rumours that have gone down in media folklore in England, although he may have disappointed a fair few readers who would have liked to have believed some of his antics to be true.
Q: You recently took your Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and drove it around on a go-kart track?
A: “Yeah, the go-kart track is my go-kart track, so I went inside with my car. There are no problems.”
Q:You played the Italian national anthem on a grand piano on YouTube?
A: “I’m good, yeah?” Is it real? “I have to say yes, of course.” Promise? “Promise? No. But I say yes!”
Q: You gave a homeless man $2,500 in cash?
Q:You drove to a school to confront a bully who made one of your fans cry?
Q: You started a fire with your friends in your Manchester house when a firework went off in your bathroom?
A: “Yeah, that’s one. But it wasn’t me. I got unlucky. It wasn’t like my house was on fire. It was just the bathroom, because one firework went the wrong way. It took the curtain, and the curtain got on fire and the smoke went around the house. But we weren’t inside. We were outside with the fireworks.”
Q: You got fined by your team for throwing darts at youth-team players?
A: “I was playing darts, yes, but I never threw darts at anyone.”
Q: You’re tight with AC Milan owner and embattled former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi?
A: “I talk with him, yes. It’s not a big relationship, but we speak occasionally.”
Q: You still have a camouflage Bentley?
A: “No, I gave it to [Milan teammate Urby] Emanuelson. But he took the wrap off, and now it’s white.”
Balotelli has since matured a great deal upon returning to Milan, although there have been a couple of incidents which suggest there is still some disciplinary issues to iron out.
Nevertheless, it appears he has left the controversy behind in Manchester along with his unhappiness as he looks to continue to flourish as the focal point of the Rossoneri.