Mario Balotelli, a forward for Ghana who was born in Italy, turned down the chance to go to the Black Stars because he preferred being an Italian.
Thomas Barwuah, a Ghanaian father, and Rose Barwuah, a Ghanaian mother, gave birth to the 28-year-old in Sicily, Italy. Mario Balotelli has made 34 appearances and 14 goals for the Italian national team, the Azzurri.
Mario Balotelli chose Italy over Ghana, the four-time African champions, for his future international commitment, and Corrado Balotelli has explained why. The frontman, whose parents were Ghanaian immigrants and who was born in Palermo, courted interest from both nations but chose to remain in Italy after having represented it at various young levels.
Balotelli turned down an invitation from the Ghana Football Association’s executives at the time to play for the Italian national team instead of the West African nation of Ghana.
Ghana had requested that I play for them, but it was never going to happen “Goal cites Balotelli as saying to Corriere della Sera that Ghana was interested.
However, the former AC Milan player reportedly declined Ghana in favor of an international career with Italy, according to his elder brother and former agent.
According to Corrado Balotelli, as cited by GhanaWeb in Guerin Sportivo. “Mario was asked to accept a call-up by the Black Stars.
However, he stated that he would not accept the offer since he was awaiting approval from Italy. He was given the surname Barwuah and was born in 1990 to immigrants from Ghana living in Sicily, Italy. His parents, Thomas and Rose Barwuah, reportedly gave him up for adoption when he was 3 years old because of the bad condition of his intestines, which required frequent surgery.
His parents claim that they gave their son to foster care so that he could get the medical attention that his life-threatening illness required. Soon after, Mario spent part of the week with Francesco and Silvia Balotelli while also spending time with his birth family.