Mario Balotelli attends the Serie A match between AC Milan and UC Sampdoria at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on September 28, 2013 in Milan, Italy.
Zlatan, when asked about Mario Balotelli’s comments that he should be proud to be compared to Balo.
The sweetest moment of Euro 2012 was a photograph of Balotelli celebrating his two semifinal goals against Germany in the stands with his mother, Silvia. At a tournament where the Croatian and Spanish federations were fined for their fans’ racist chants at Balotelli, the image of a tiny white woman from Brescia proudly embracing her black son was a stirring rejoinder, the embodiment of a New Italy.
Balotelli is shown the photo, which went viral globally, and asked what he thinks about it. He pauses for a moment, studying the image. “With all the sacrifice my parents made in the past for me, maybe I gave them a good emotion. They deserve it,” he says. “I tell them evvvverything. Without them I don’t know if I’d ever be a football player. Even if I do something special in football and I make a mistake as a person, they’re not happy. Because they want their son to be a man first, and then the best football player.”
Mama Silvia clearly has no problem saying no to Mario. When asked about arranging an interview with his mother, Balotelli smiles. “My mom? You want to call her? She speaks English!” he says, pulling out his cellphone and dialing home to Brescia. Mama, listen … I’m good, I’m good … I’m doing an interview with Sports Illustrated, an American magazine. It’s important. Could you speak to him in English? A voice like Charlie Brown’s teacher’s squawks from his phone. Mario nods. O.K., ciao, Mama! Say hello to Papa! Ciao, Mama!
"She said, ‘No, you know I don’t like interviews,’" Balotelli says. “‘I just want you to do well.’" He dissolves into giggles.
As Andrea looks on in bearded approval, Super Mario reveals a hidden talent: his ability to play l’Inno di Mameli on the piano. Who knew?
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“I’m a naturalized Italian, but I’m from Ghana. I was abandoned by my parents and adopted by two angels. I suffer with racism everyday. I’m the first black to wear the jersey of Italy. I’m not angry, but my life experiences make me act differently from other people. Then, try to learn more before you criticize me.” - Mario Balotelli