Class Act

Super Mario: Balotelli does it again by stepping in to stop schoolyard bully

Italian striker drives mitching kid to school in his white Maserati before confronting classmate.

IT’S ONLY HIS first year in English football, but Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has already made a name for himself as one of the game’s biggest characters.

At turns moody, brilliant, incompetent, the young Italian this week revealed another side of his complicated character.

The Sun reports today that the Azzurri star helped a young Blues fan who was being picked by a classmate – by driving to the school and confronting the bully himself.

The papers writes: “The striker questioned why the young lad was playing truant with his mum outside the club’s Carrington training ground rather than attending school.

“After the fan revealed that he was being bullied, Mario drove the youngster and his mum over to the school in question and demanded a meeting with the headteacher.

“The Blues ace got the youngster to confess what had been happening and made him identify the culprit. The lads eventually shook hands before Mario got into his white Maserati and sped off.”

What a guy.

Super Mario is of course no stranger to schoolyard horse play as he showed with his from-behind assault on strike partner Edin Dzeko:

Though the former Inter Milan forward was the subject of some intense taunting when he required the help of a grown-up in getting dressed recently:

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