- Reports say Italian striker Mario Balotelli spends half of what he earns on disadvantaged children in Africa
- The 26-year-old who is originally from Ghana was said to have been abandoned by his original parents
- 'Super Mario' as he is fondly called is one of the most controversial football players
Despite being heavily criticized for his excesses and extravagant way of life, NAIJ.com understands that Italian striker Mario Balotelli spends half of what he earns on disadvantaged children in Africa.
The 26-year-old who is originally from Ghana was said to have been abandoned by his original parents, but has taken the burden upon himself to assist African children to live a better life.
It was discovered that the player does this underground and does not want to 'make noise' about the gesture.
"I am a naturalized Italian, but I am of Ghanaian origin. I was abandoned by my parents and adopted by two angels. I suffer from racism every day …
"I am the first black to wear the jersey of Italy. I am not angry, but my life experiences make me act differently towards some people. Therefore, try to find out more about my life before criticizing me" he said.
Recall that recently, Nigerian international Obafemi Martins extended his philanthropic gesture to students in China by donating reading materials through his foundation, Obafemi Martins foundation.
NAIJ.com learnt that Martins showed his commitment to promoting literacy by distributing books to develop reading skills of students in Yunnan, a province in the southwestern China.
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