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Balotelli blasts his real parents

Friday, November 7, 2008

Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli has reacted angrily to comments made by his biological parents, accusing them of only wanting to know him now because of the fame and money he is earning as a professional footballer.

Balotelli, who is one of Serie A's most exciting raw talents, was born in Palermo to Ghanaian immigrants Thomas and Rose Barwuah but was brought up in Brescia by the Balotelli family after his natural parents put him up for adoption when he was two years old.

Recently, his birth parents have appeared in newspapers stating their sadness at being unable to play a part in Balotelli's life and these stories have infuriated the talented youngster.

"I want to make some things clear regarding the comments of Thomas and Rose Barwuah, my biological parents," the 18-year-old wrote on his personal website.

"They have talked of two people forced to give their child up for adoption due to poverty. This is false because nobody forced them to leave me at the hospital as a newborn baby and to disappear in the years that followed.

"I have been a foster child in the Balotelli family since the age of two and every two years I have had to renew that agreement in court.

"Why is that? Because the Barwuahs, who are pictured in the newspapers with a photo of me in an Inter shirt looking sad, never asked to have me back.

"For 16 years I didn't even receive a phone call on my birthday, but now they make contact after I have become a Serie A footballer.

"There is no bond between us and in my eyes they are just strangers."

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