Mario Balotelli was named the Italian Football Federation’s Best Young Player in 2014 for his exploits at Juventus and he’s made a name for himself with his stylish style.
However, it’s the young man’s determination to help children that has won him a new admirer.
“I like to help the poor.
I am a humanitarian.
I love my dogs and have a big dog,” the 26-year-old said at the FIFA awards ceremony.
Balotelli, who was the runner-up in the prestigious Ballon d’Or award in January, is now looking forward to meeting his new role at a charity, which aims to help small children in need.
“We’re going to work with children and with the poor,” he said.
“We’ll work with local businesses and people.”
Balotini, who won the Ballon da Trois d’Orsèges in 2014, was awarded the award after scoring 11 goals in his final Serie A campaign.
In a recent interview with the La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Juventus midfielder talked about his passion for the cause.
“There’s a reason why I’ve played football.
My parents were poor and I love football,” Balotini said.”
The poor are suffering and they deserve to be helped.”
The young man was also praised for his charity work, which he said he helped in a number of ways.
“At one point I helped the homeless.
At the same time I helped children in a small town, in my hometown of Udine, who were suffering because they couldn’t afford school fees,” he told the newspaper.”
Some children went to school, some didn’t, but some didn [but] I got them [to] pay their tuition.”
Balotelli’s father, Giuseppe, has also spoken out against the treatment of children in his country.
“Balotani’s decision to help [children] is something that’s a big help for our country.
But the poor and children are not the ones who deserve to live like this.
If he wants to help, he should also help the children in our country,” the Giuseppina said.