AC Milan of Italy striker Mario Balotelli regrets choosing to represent the Azurri of Italy over the Black Star of Ghana according to his biological father, Thomas Barwuah. Thomas Barwuah is the man who gave Balotelli up for adoption while he was a child, before he was adopted by his now Italian parents, who the Italian striker refers to as his ‘real parents’.
The Ghanaian FA tried to convince him to represent the West African country back in 2011, but he opted to represent Italy instead, a decision the father says he striker regrets due to the constant racist abuse he endures in Italy.
Himself [Balotelli] has started realising he made a big mistake playing for the Italian national team and he has told friends about it,” Barwuah told GazzettaGhana.
“He is not being treated well, true they don’t show him the love he deserves for his great talent and skill. I think that all he gets is abuse, especially from the media here and that is because he is black”.
“They don’t like him and it started from the beginning, they didn’t want to see a black boy like himself taking glory of the Italian national team.”
His biological dad was a Ghanaian immigrant who lived in Italy with wife Rose. They had Mario in Sicily, only to give him up for adoption at the age of three in 1993 to the Balotellis, a family of Italian Jews, for unexplained health reasons.