Mario Balotelli Barwuah is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Ligue 1 club Nice. Balotelli played for the Italy national team from 2010 to most recently in 2014.
He started his professional football career at Lumezzane and played for the first team twice before having an unsuccessful trial at Barcelona, and subsequently joining Internazionale in 2007. Inter manager Roberto Mancini brought Balotelli into the first team, but when Mancini left, Balotelli’s disciplinary record fell away. He had a strained relationship with new manager José Mourinho and was suspended from Inter’s first team in January 2009 after a number of disciplinary problems.