PHOTO: Black Mario Balotteli and his proud white Mum

With so much to bear as a black football player in the midst of white players, Mario Balotelli needed to be strong, and presently his strength which has cost him a lot of controversies among fans and fellow players, is still what is making a good name for him in the football world.

Last night Italy declared a war against Germany in the semi-finals and Balotelli took the bull by the horn, matched onto the pitch and made two resounding goals that gave the Italians the victory.

Over time he has been facing racial discrimination from the Italians themselves and this has gotten to a media level, but that has not for once diminished his strenght. His mother, as he always say, has always been his support, and she has taken this particular picture with so much emotion it feels palpable from your screen.