It's impossible to keep up with the break-neck pace of Mario Balotelli's growing legend. On Saturday morning, his house caught fire from fireworks shot through the bathroom window. On Sunday, he scored the first two goals in Man City's 6-1 win over Man United and reveal a "Why always me?" shirt after the first. So, naturally, on Monday he has already become a spokesman for the Manchester-based TREACLE campaign, which promotes fireworks safety ahead of the November 5 Bonfire Night (something Man City must be terrified about).
And while Balotelli preaches fireworks safety, he also gives his side of the story on what happened to his charred house. From the Guardian:
"It is important children should not mess with fireworks. They can be very dangerous if they are not used in the right way. People should follow the firework code," warns a man who had to escape from his burninghome early on Saturday after fireworks were set off through a bathroom window. [...]
"The newspapers got the story wrong about me," he said. "I didn't set any fireworks off, it was a friend of mine. I didn't know anything about it until I heard shouting coming from the bathroom. My friend apologised to me for the damage to my house. It was a really stupid thing to do."
That friend's name? Bario Malotelli.
Mario also drove around the city of Manchester on Monday, blasting music from his Bentley convertible and high-fiving fans -- the people he truly cares about.
"Even when I have had bad moments they have supported me," he said. "But I don't care what people say about me. I am focused on my football, my manager, girlfriends and my family."
Yes, he dropped the word "girlfriends" in there. Plural. You can't comprehend his greatness.
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