It's been another big week in the life of Mario Balotelli.
The Manchester City striker officially saw his Champions League campaign end in heartbreak against Borussia Dortmund and will be vying for a first-team spot when his City take on Manchester United in their local derby this weekend in the Premier League.
But off the field, it's been a huge week in the world of Balotelli.
In Mario Balotelli Watch, we take you throw all the news and views from the enigmatic Italian and everything that he's been up to this week—most of which will leave you scratching your head in amusement.
So without further adieu, let's begin.
Mario becomes a father
Exciting times this week for the 22-year-old Italian, who became a father for the first time courtesy of his ex-girlfriend Raffaella Fico, who gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, according to a report in The Daily Mail.
Balotelli himself was not present at the birth but Raffaella's brother Francesco and her mum Pia were and the baby weighed in at a healthy 8lbs, 4oz (3.8kg) and was registered in her mother's name.
There was no official comment from Balotelli following the 'nappy' news although sources close to the City star said he was 'delighted' with the birth which took place at the private Clinica Mediterranea in Naples.
And regardless of what you think of Balotelli's parental potential, you'd have to concede that he would have no problems at all buying good gifts for his young child.
Especially gifts she didn't really need in the first place, like this memorable story of what happened when the Italian international went shopping for his mother.
Twitter begins, and then is removed
It was the very more that Mario Balotelli fans had been begging for, as the 22-year-old announced his arrival on social website Twitter (@MarioUfficialeB).
The striker posted a photo of himself in a camouflage onesie standing next to his camouflaged Bentley and camouflaged quad-bike which can be seen below, but the account was quickly removed from Twitter and declared suspended.
Manchester City then posted out the following tweet from their official Twitter account, stating that Mario Balotelli does not have an official Twitter account.
Please note, Mario Balotelli does not have a Twitter account. All those posing as him are fake. If he joins, we will let you know! #mcfc— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) December 2, 2012.
Hmmm. Maybe we'll have to wait a little longer yet for the Italian international to join the social phenomenon—which we can see going badly at all for him.
Transfer rumors = the Mona Lisa?
In perhaps one of the more bizarre stories to feature the Italian this week, Balotelli transfer rumors have ended up with the 22-year-old posing as the Mona Lisa.
Well, not exactly posing, but some incredible photoshop skills.
Amidst transfer rumors that Milan were interested in signing the 22-year-old Balotelli, the player's agent—Mino Raiola—told reporters that the striker was like an expensive work of art (read: Mona Lisa), and that no Italian club would be able to afford his services, so there would be no transfer.
Here's the direct quote, from The Daily Mirror.
"Balotelli is as valuable as the Mona Lisa and City have been very clear – they don’t want to sell. No Italian club would be able to afford him..."
Unfortunately, what transpired was an incredible photo emerging from the Mirror of what Balotelli would look like if he was the face of the Mona Lisa.
Apologies if the photo gives you nightmares this week.
Pablo Zabaleta: "I want to kill Balotelli"
We wrap up our Mario Balotelli Watch this week with a lovely, feel-good quote from Manchester City teammate Pablo Zabaleta on the striker.
Speaking out about the Italian international's crazy antics, the defender said that he is livid with the 22-year-old's actions sometimes and that he drives him crazy—to the point that he could kill him (per The Daily Mail h/t Here Is The City).
He is a player, a person too, who is very difficult to understand because you never know what he is going to come up with next.
As a player, sometimes not all you have in the feet you have in the head, and Mario is a character that, as a team-mate, sometimes you laugh at what he does and sometimes you want to kill him.
All we'll say to that is careful, Pablo.
As much as we know your comments are in jest, you're referring to a guy who is know to have made just one or two crazy decisions throughout his career.
You just don't threaten those people, no matter what.
Especially when it's Mario Balotelli.
Have we missed anything from the world of Balotelli this week?
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