Mario Balotelli shows his romantic side with a "Raffaella I love you" t-shirt. (Getty)
Mario Balotelli was caught at a Liverpool strip club early last Friday morning ahead of Man City's home match against Bolton on Saturday. And though Balotelli started and scored a goal in the 2-0 win for his side, he was still reportedly fined £250,000 for breaking the club's curfew policy.
Mario now realizes that he made a mistake that night, but more because he would've been angry if his girlfriend went to a strip club than because he violated curfew.
From the PA:
"I didn't do anything wrong at the [strip] club," he told Gazzetta dello Sport. "But I understand that if she [his girlfriend Raffaella Fico] had gone with her friends to a strip club, I would have been very angry.
"If you love a woman, you can avoid causing that pain. That was my first mistake. The second was to go two days before a game."
On whether he has received a £250,000 fine by City for breaking the curfew, Balotelli said: "I still don't know. I must talk with [the manager Roberto] Mancini."
So, to clarify, the fact that Raffaella Fico was one of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's "bunga bunga girls" and that she reportedly tried to auction off her virginity for €1 million doesn't seem all that upsetting to Balotelli (or Fico for that matter), but going to a strip club with friends is something to get very angry about.
But as for the suggestion that Balotelli might consider marriage as a means of settling down, he says he's ready.
"For me it's not too soon," he said. "When you find the right person, the timing could be right. Raffaella is the most beautiful thing that has happened to me. She gives me calmness.
"She is very understanding when I do something wrong. We have spoken about marriage a few times but that doesn't mean that we will do it tomorrow."
Yes, this has been Mario being "calm."
- Mario Balotelli