Mario Balotelli has definitely stolen the show in the world of soccer. He has become just as controversial as Chad Ochocinco is in the NFL and also how Dennis Rodman was during his tenure in the NBA. Recently he has gained more global attention from the average sports fan that may have not followed any news about him during this season in the English Premier League where he plays for the reigning champs, Manchester City.
As many have just recently discovered with the Euro 2012 taking place, Balotelli is of Ghanaian descent. Both of his parents, Thomas and Rose Barwuah are from Ghana in which they gave birth to him in Italy on August 12, 1990. There are different accounts on how he was eventually adopted. The first story states that his biological parents abandoned him at a hospital. His real parents claim that he was given up for adoption because of constant medical needs that they could not afford after a while. They also stated the plan was to get him back after everything was stable but the Balotellis kept extending the foster time.
Mario has rejected not only coming back to his parents after time and time again but he also rejected the Ghanaian national soccer team’s call up to play for them. The plea to come back home has gone far as his relatives back home in Konogo, Ghana. Mario’s extended family including his uncle, Alex and grandfather, Kwaku have all statements saying that they would like to see him visit them back home. His uncle states “I feel sad though we have never met, and that my father never saw his grandson…my father watched every game he could showing Mario and longed to meet him, but it was not possible…I hope now Mario comes to see us and gets to learn about his ancestors.”
Though this is a very sentimental story, the question is, does his family members really want him back home because they miss him, or do they just want reap some of his fortune? No one is right or wrong in this situation because after all Balotelli has the option to reject or accept the invitation of his biological family.
If it were up to me, I would pay my family but as well keep in mind that I don’t owe them anything. Whether Mario “Kwasi Barwuah” Balotelli can find somewhere in his strange heart to take his family or not, this serves as an eye opener to parents who will encounter a situation such as the Barwuahs did. You never know who your child is going to become.