Former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been involved in a serious car crash in his native Italy. The 33-year-old totaled his car in a heavy collision in the Italian town of Brescia but managed to walk away from the wreckage without suffering any significant injuries.
Local Italian newspaper Fatto Quotidiano reports the crash occurred at 8.30 pm on Thursday night in Balotelli’s hometown Orzinuovi. The striker was in Italy after being granted leave from Turkish Super Lig club Adana Demispor while he recovers from an injury.
He was fortunate to walk away without any serious injuries from the huge shunt after colliding with a wall while he was behind the wheel of his Audi Q8 car. The force of the crash is said to have been heavy enough to set off the airbags inside the vehicle.
Paramedics were called to the scene, and they helped Balotelli get out of the car. He was later seen lying on the ground beside the wreckage, but it is widely reported he managed to escape unhurt.
Balotelli’s brother, Enock Barwuah, visited the scene of the crash after returning from training with his local team and escorted him home after it was deemed he did not require medical treatment.
It is not the first time Balotelli has been involved in a car crash. Back in 2012, he and a female passenger were involved in a collision with a Vauxhall Corsa while driving his luxury Bentley car in the Deansgate Locks area. However, it later emerged that Balotelli was not at fault.
The former Italy international joined City in 2010 from Inter Milan when Roberto Mancini was in charge, and he was part of the Premier League title-winning side in 2011-12. It was Balotelli’s assist that set up Sergio Aguero to score the famous 94th-minute winner at the Etihad Stadium in their 3-2 win over QPR.
The former Man City striker, now 33, plays in Turkey with Adana Demirspor.