Italian forward Mario Balotelli has never hidden his support for his native country Ghana whenever they are in football competitions.
The Black Stars defeated DR Congo 2-1 yesterday in a quarterfinal game of the ongoing AFCON tournament, and Balotelli posted a series of stories on Instagram showing him watching and supporting Ghana.
The 26-year-old even posted a story showing him taunting a Congolese friend when Andre Ayew scored a penalty.#
Balotelli was born in Palermo, Sicily as the son of Ghanaian immigrants. His family moved to Bagnolo Mella in the province of Brescia, Lombardy, when he was two.
In 1993, when he was three, he was placed in foster care to the Balotelli family when his own family was unable to pay for his health care needs.
At first, he stayed at the Balotellis during the weekdays, and returned to his biological parents on weekends. He later was permanently fostered by the Balotellis full-time, and adopted their surname.
Balotelli had to wait until his 18th birthday to request Italian citizenship, as his foster family had not adopted him. He officially gained citizenship in Concesio on 13 August 2008.