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Balotelli says "my mum cried" after signing for his hometown Brescia

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Published on August 20, 2019 - Duration: 01:23s

Balotelli says "my mum cried" after signing for his hometown Brescia

Mario Balotelli says that his "mum cried" after he joins Brescia, the hometown of his late adopted father

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Balotelli says "my mum cried" after signing for his hometown Brescia

SHOWS: BRESCIA, ITALY (AUGUST 19, 2019) (ESTE NEWS - NO RESALES) 1.

MARIO BALOTELLI WAVING TO FANS FROM THE BALCONY OF THE HOTEL (2 SHOTS) 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) MARIO BALOTELLI SAYING: "I think I spent more years abroad than in Italy, I think we can say I grew up more abroad than here, football-wise.

My mum cried at first, I told her 'Listen, there is a chance I can come to Brescia, what do you think?'

She kept on crying and I told her 'Give me an answer, I need to make a decision.'

She was very happy, my father was from Brescia, he always lived in Brescia.

It would have been a dream come true for him to see me play here, so my mum was very happy." 3.

MARIO BALOTELLI HOLDING BRESCIA SHIRT (2 SHOTS) 4.

MARIO BALOTELLI LEAVING THE PRESS CONFERENCE STORY: Maverick forward Mario Balotelli said his "mum cried" after signing for Serie A side Brescia, the northern Italian province where his late adopted father came from.

Dozens of Brescia fans loudly celebrated outside the hotel where "Supermario" gave a 12-minute news conference on Monday (August 19) where he talked about the significance of signing for the club, having been brought up by his adopted parents in Concesio on the outskirts of the city of Brescia.

"My mum cried at first, I told her 'Listen, there is a chance I can come to Brescia, what do you think?'

She kept on crying and I told her 'Give me an answer, I need to make a decision.'

She was very happy, my father was from Brescia, he always lived in Brescia.

It would have been a dream come true for him to see me play here, so my mum was very happy," he said.

His step-father Francesco died in 2015.

Promoted Brescia became the eighth club of the 29-year-old's turbulent career when he signed from them on Sunday (August 18) on a free transfer from Olympique de Marseille.

The hugely-gifted Balotelli's talents have often been overshadowed by incidents such as one at Manchester City earlier in his career, where he famously set fire to his house after letting off fireworks in his bathroom.

Balotelli also upset team mates in Italy's 2014 World Cup squad when, after scoring in the 2-1 group stage win over England, he covered the entire Italy page in a Panini album with stickers of himself and then posted it on his Facebook page.

Balotelli made his debut in Serie C with Lumezzane before going on to play for Inter Milan, Manchester City, AC Milan, Liverpool, Nice and Marseille.

He has scored 14 goals in 36 appearances for Italy but has not been picked since an ineffective performance in the 1-1 draw at home to Poland last September.

He scored 31 goals in 51 Ligue 1 games in his first two seasons for Nice but, after failing to score in the first half of last season, joined Marseille where he found the net eight times during a six-month stint.

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