Mario Balotelli really is the gift that keeps on giving.
Even after he has left the club.
The striker is no stranger to making headlines with a pick of the best including his ‘Why Always Me?’ celebration, having to call the fire brigade after conducting a private firework display in his bathroom and driving around Manchester handing out £50 notes dressed as Father Christmas.
Man City’s legendary kit man Les Chapman has lifted the lid on some of Balo’s antics that will remind you how much of a character this guy is.
It was Chapman who actually printed the famous t-shirt Balotelli revealed when he scored in the Manchester derby.
Better yet, when the striker was sent off against Arsenal he launched his boot through a plasma TV in the dressing room.
Although replacing a TV is peanuts to City’s Emirati owners.
“He was a one-off, the most unpredictable man on the planet,” Chapman told the Daily Mail.
“But he was bright, he wasn’t stupid and he was very generous. He would go into a garage and pay for everyone’s petrol or give a homeless guy a wad of cash.”
Then came the Nice striker’s parting gift to Chapman and the club.
Mario was wondering why his car had been impounded 27 times.
Chapman offered one explanation: “Because it was painted in camouflage and he parked it on double yellows outside San Carlo restaurant in Manchester every day.”
Yes, Mario the camouflage doesn’t actually hide the car.
After Balotelli had signed for AC Milan Chapman went in to clear his locker and to his surprise all his parking tickets just been stuffed in.
We need more characters like Balotelli in the Premier League.