Balotelli -- the Christmas gift that just keeps on giving...
Published 31/12/2011 | 05:00
Christmas may have passed but Mario Balotelli is the gift that just keeps on giving to Football Loco.
A week after the controversial striker was erroneously rumoured to be dressed in a blue Santa Claus outfit and handing out money in Manchester, Balotelli was spreading Christmas cheer for real.
The Italian embraced the spirit of goodwill by visiting a local pub to treat all the customers to a round of drinks after putting £1,000 behind the bar.
The City star was then spotted with his girlfriend Raffaella Fico at St John's church in Chorlton, Manchester, on Christmas Eve digging into his pockets to put £200 on the collection plate.
Balotelli was then asked by the reverend if he would join the church in providing a drop-in Christmas dinner for the homeless on Christmas Day.
"Nobody could believe it when he walked in," an onlooker said. "The last thing anyone expected was a big celebrity like him turning up for the service but he was very polite and charming and didn't draw attention to himself."