According to Mario Barwuah Balotelli’s biological father Thomas Barwuah, the AC Milan striker has expressed remorse for choosing to play for Italy over his country of origin Ghana.
Balotelli was born in Palermo to Ghanaian immigrant parents but the former Inter Milan striker was adopted by an Italian family at a tender age of 3 due to his family’s inability to pay for his health care needs, leading his international future to Italy.
Mario Balotelli turned down the Ghana FA when they tried to convince him to represent the Black Star of Ghana back in 2011, a decision the father says the striker regrets due to the constant racist abuse he endures in Italy.
His father also added that his son has not been welcomed since the beginning in Italy national team and didn’t get what he deserved.
“He [Balotelli] has started realizing he made a big mistake playing for the Italian national team and he has told friends about it,” Barwuah told GazzettaGhana.
He is not being treated well, true they don’t show him the love he deserves for his great talent and skill.
I think that all he gets is abuse, especially from the media here and that is because he is black.
They don’t like him and it started from the beginning, they didn’t want to see a black boy like himself taking glory of the Italian national team.”
The 25-year-old who gained full Italian citizenship and went on to play for the Azzurri (Italy National Football Team), will likely miss the Euro 2016 due to his lack of form.
The father also revealed that Mario has turned his attention back to the family after initially abandoning them.
“Mario has reunited with us and he understands his biological grounding very well which makes me happy,” he added.