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How much does Mario Balotelli hate bullies? You’re not going to believe this

May 11, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

Manchester City's Mario Balotelli gestures towards Manchester United fans after winning their FA Cup semi-final soccer match in London

A lot of pro athletes talk a good game when it comes to being opposed to bullying in school. But we must all bow to Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli, who took things to a whole different level recently in England. Among Balotelli’s recent exploits was giving a thousand pounds to a homeless man outside of a casino. But recently he topped that.

As Balotelli was leaving the team’s Carrington practice facility recently, he stopped to sign an autograph for a young fan. While chatting, he asked the boy why he wasn’t in school, being that it was early on a weekday. The boy admitted that he was avoiding school because he had been the victim of bullying.

After the fan revealed that he was being bullied, Mario drove the youngster and his mum over to the school in question and demanded a meeting with the headteacher.

The Blues ace got the youngster to confess what had been happening and made him identify the culprit. The lads eventually shook hands before Mario got into his white Maserati and sped off.

A source said: “Mario feels strongly about bullying and thinks it’s out of order.

“He had no qualms about sorting the mess out as he felt the lad should not be missing out on school.”

Known as Super Mario, Balotelli is notorious for a petulant attitude and “inflated ego,” which often shows in his style of play. Born in Italy to immigrants from Ghana, he has had a turbulent relationship with his parents, who gave him up to foster care as a child and now, he says, only want him back in their lives because he is famous.

Mario Balotelli scores for schoolboys [London Sun]

  1. psousa1 - May 11, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Good for him.

  2. trbowman - May 11, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Awesome guy

  3. redsghost - May 11, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Absolutely fantastic! With all the di**s and a$$ wholes that are currently earnings millions playing a game, it’s refreshing to see Mario NOT donate millions towards an orphanage, or putting in an appearance at a Hospital, but to help address a simple problem that tooks minutes to fix. It may seem like a small problem to us, but I’m sure it was a big problem to this child.
    THIS is what athletes should be known for- not dog fighting, shootings, drug usage, wife beating etc.
    If I remember correctly- No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.
    Bravo Mario, Bravo! THIS man has my respect. Vick, try hanging around this man for a few months, perhaps you’ll eventually become a man.

    • drmonkeyarmy - May 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM

      Not sure what Vick has to do with any of this. Clearly this was an incredible act by Balotelli, but before you start suggesting that others athletes hang around the guy to “learn how to be a man”, learn a little about Balotelli and his other antics. Although this action and some others should be commended, he is far from a role model. Also, several Eagles players stepped up to help a kid who was beaten up by bullies, so Vick can look a bit closer to home.