May 11, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT
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]
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