By Yoshiki Matsunaga on July 30, 2014
Mario Balotelli is known for doing some off-the-wall stuff throughout his career. Here the five most ridiculous things that the enigmatic Italian has ever done.
Balotelli was once pulled over by a police officer with $ 25,000 in cash sitting in the passenger seat. When asked why he had so much cash lying around, Balotelli answered, 'because I can'.
Pitch invaders have always been viewed with disdain in the sporting world. It is common practice to avert the camera away from the invaders for television broadcasts to discourage such action. However, Mario obliged to a couple of fans during AC Milan’s U.S. tour and took a selfie with them.
When the former Manchester City forward was asked to sign an autograph by a young fan after practice, Balotelli asked why he wasn’t in school. The youngster replied that he was being bullied. The Italian attacker drove the boy and his mother to school and confronted the bullies and discussed the issue with the headmaster.
Super Mario was fined $ 100,000 for throwing darts at members of the youth team as a “prank.” Afterwards, he gave boredom as a reason behind his action.
Balotelli notoriously shot fireworks off in his own home, resulting in his house catching fire. The then Manchester City forward had to spend a night in a hotel the night before a game against Manchester United after the fire department arrived at his home at 1:00 a.m. Super Mario would then go on to be a firework safety spokesman for the city of Manchester.
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