Man City Soccer Star Mario Balotelli's Mother Earns Minimum Wage
The soccer star Mario Balotelli makes more than $186K per week, while his birth mother, who lives nearby, works for minimum wage
Italian soccer great Mario Balotelli, 21, dubbed "Super Mario" by his Manchester City teammates and fans at Euro 2012 when he scored two goals to beat Germany, may make over the equivalent of $186K a week and live in a $4.5 million estate outside of Manchester, but he's not paying any of that fortune forward — or back — to his birth mom, Rose Barwuah, who works for less than $10 an hour as a cleaner at a car leasing company in the area of Wythenshawe, the area that serves as the filming site of the British show, Shameless, about a family living on the dole.
"A lot of people on the estate who know who her famous son is can't quite believe she is working as a cleaner," a source said, according to the U.K.'s Daily Record. "It's a bit odd that while he is polishing his Premier League winner's medal she is polishing desks," the source said.
Barwuah and her husband Thomas, who are from Ghana, gave Balotelli up for adoption when he was 2 years old and they lived in Italy, where he was taken in by the wealthy Balotelli family. He reportedly had a life-threatening medical condition that was exacerbated by the tiny apartment the small family had to share.
Barwuah has reportedly moved to be closer to Balotelli with her teenage daughter, Angel, though sources say she doesn't want any of her son's money. "Mario has been over to see me a few times," she told the paper. "We don't see each other all the time as he has his life and I have mine."
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