Some of Mario Balotelli‘s actions during his time at Manchester City could best be described as childish. Wonderfully entertaining, but childish nonetheless.
Well, now the 22-year-old Italian striker has a kid of his own.
His relationship with ex-girlfriend Raffaella Fico has been fairly tumultuous over the past nine months but bad boy Balotelli, preparing for the Manchester derby this Sunday, is said to be ‘delighted’ after becoming a father for the first time after she gave birth to a baby girl.
He’s the daddy: Mario Balotelli has become a father for the first time as his ex-girlfriend gives birth to a baby girl
Little Pia had been due on Christmas Day but was born just under three weeks early after Raffaella was rushed to hospital after having contractions while at home with her mum.
Balotelli himself was not present at the birth but Raffaella’s brother Francesco and her mum Pia were and the baby weighed in at a healthy 8lbs, 4oz (3.8kg) and was registered in her mother’s name.
There was no official comment from Balotelli following the ‘nappy’ news although sources close to the City star said he was ‘delighted’ with the birth which took place at the private Clinica Mediterranea in Naples.
Ex underwear model Raffaella and Balotelli had split up in April following a furious doorstep bust up after she flew to Manchester from Italy to confront him over his cheating.
Two months later she called him to say she was expecting his child and initially he refused to accept the baby was his and demanded a DNA test to prove he was the father.
The couple then played out a furious slanging match via the Italian media over the summer with a shocked Raffaella expressing anger and surprise that he should question whether he was the father.
Two months ago Balotelli then revealed he was going to ‘try again’ with Raffaella and he flew to her home near Naples where the two were pictured kissing passionately on the balcony of her home.
In happier times: Mario and Rafaella were together before splitting up and getting back together in recent months but they are now not together despite welcoming their first child
However since then he has not been in touch with Raffaella and only this week she had issued an ultimatum to the player saying: ‘If you love our child and me then marry me.’
On Thursday a source at the clinic said: ‘Pia was born on Wednesday night and both mother and baby are doing well.’
Raffaella, who has dated Cristiano Ronaldo in the past and also appeared in Italy’s version of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, is said to have sold exclusive first pictures of Pia to glossy Italian weekly Chi – the magazine that published photographs of a topless Duchess of Cambridge.
Balotelli, who has scored just once in 11 Premier League games this season, will hope to involved when City welcome Manchester United to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
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