It’s not only football that Mario Balotelli is well known for.
He is also synonymous with spontaneous and oftentimes amusing financial generosity.
Famously, he bought an entire pub a drink and drove around handing money out of his camouflage Bentley.
What would make sense then, is that the Italian striker is the man behind the mysterious five-figure donation to Manchester Dogs’ Home in the wake of last week’s fire.
A dog-lover himself, Balotelli had reportedly volunteered at said dog home in the past, while his own black labrador was in quarantine for six months in Italy.
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— Mario Balotelli (@FinallyMario) June 26, 2013
The former City striker is believed to have offered a five figure sum to the £1,440,502.79 that was donated in the wake of the horrific fire that killed 60 animals.
“We can’t yet confirm whether he made a donation but he is known as a big dog lover so it would make sense,” Jane Smith, a spokeswoman for the Dogs’ Home said.
If the rumours are indeed true, the striker joins fellow dog-lover and celebrity Simon Cowell who promised £25,000 towards the rebuilding of the unfortunate dogs’ home.
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