- Mario Balotelli
- Net Worth : £27 million
- Change : £-68,190 - % -0.3 (Last Updated: 01.17.20 )
Balotelli started professional football at 15, debuting for the Serie C1 club Lumezzane in April 2006, which shortly lent him to Serie A team Internazionale ‘Inter’ Milan for €150,000; Inter later payed €190,000 to buy him off. Balotelli became a force to reckon with scoring bracers against Reggina and Juventus in the Coppa Italia.
After helping the ‘Nerazzurri’ win the 2007-08 Serie A title, he became famous as the youngest Inter player (18 years and 85 days) to score in the Champions League (against Anorthosis Famagusta).
Balotelli played for Italy in the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championships. Italy lost to ultimate champions Germany in the semi-finals.
In August 2010, he made the senior squad, but had to wait till November 2011 to net his first international goal against Poland. Balotelli reportedly earned £125,000 weekly with an annual income of £5,356,000.
Amid disciplinary problems and racial abuse, ‘Super Mario’ was transferred to Manchester City for €21.8 million in August 2010. A painful debut in the Europa League forced him to undergo knee surgery. Balotelli’s first (and second) Premier League goals came against West Brom in November.
Balotelli bagged the Golden Boy Award and recorded his first hat-trick against Aston Villa in the Premier League, in December 2010.
He won the FA Cup with Manchester City along with ‘Man of the Match’ in May 2011.
In November 2011, Balotelli scored his first UEFA Champions League goal in his tournament debut against Villareal and next year helped Manchester City win its first Premiership title since 1968.
On January 31, 2013, Serie A’s AC Milan signed him on for €20 million plus benefits along with his favourite No. 45 jersey.
His debut saw him equal Oliver Bierhoff’s four-goal record in the first three matches for the ‘Rossoneri’.
Liverpool coaxed Balotelli back to the Premiership on August 25, 2014 with a £16 million buyout fee. He scored his first Liverpool goal at the UEFA Champions League in September 2014.
Balotelli helped Italy to the final of Euro 2012, only to lose to Spain. Balotelli finished joint top scorer with three goals. His earnings in 2012 stood at $10 Million.
He also helped Italy to a first-time semi-final place in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.
The languid striker’s 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign ended prematurely with Italy exiting in the preliminary round.
A Buddhist and a teetotaler, he owns a $5 million mansion in the UK and has a racy collection of cars: a Range Rover Evoque ($28,000), a Bentley Continental GT ($219,000), an Audi R8 V10, a Maserati GranTurismo ($203,790) and a flaming red Ferrari 458 Spider ($257,000).