- Mario Balotelli posted a picture with his newborn son, the striker’s second child
- Sky Sports Italia reported last month that Balotelli’s girlfriend had given birth
- Nice host Lazio at the Allianz Riviera in the Europa League on Thursday evening
Mario Balotelli has welcomed the birth of his second son, Lion, with a photograph posted in the build-up to Nice’s Europa League clash with Lazio this week.
Reports in Italy last month claimed the former Liverpool and Manchester City striker’s girlfriend Clelia had given birth to a baby boy named Lion, in Zurich.
And now Balotelli, 27, has posed with his second child for the first time to confirm the news. Lion, at almost three weeks old, is a brother to the forward’s four-year-old daughter Pia.
Nice striker Mario Balotelli posted this image of his newborn son in a post on Instagram
The striker has scored six goals for Nice this season and welcomed a second child last month
Balotelli had previously kept quiet about the pregnancy, although he did take to Instagram in September to share a snapshot of a pregnant woman’s belly, alongside the simple caption: ‘Loading’.
On this occasion, his post read: ‘Good night #Father&Son’.
The eccentric striker, whose nomadic career has taken him through Italy, England and France, recently claimed to have matured after the controversies that plagued his early career.
He said: ‘I haven’t changed. I’ve matured, I’m growing. I’m not 17 anymore, with experience you grow.
‘I’m not one of the best in the world and I’m not one of the worst in the world. I’m only myself, like always.’
Nice host Lazio on Thursday night in the Europa League with both sides on six points after winning their opening games against Vitesse Arnhem and Zulte Waregem.
Balotelli and his Nice colleagues are preparing to face Lazio in the Europa League on Thursday