Double joy for dad-to-be Mario
ROME - Italy striker Mario Balotelli was told he was to become a father hours before scoring twice against Germany in the semifinals of Euro 2012, Italian media reported.
The Manchester City player's girlfriend Raffaella Fico told weekly celebrity gossip magazine Chi: "I called Mario while he was with the national team before the match with Germany and I said to him: 'remember our dream of becoming parents? Well that dream has become a reality. I'm expecting a baby. Your baby'.
"He remained silent at first, then he let himself go. 'You've given me the best news in the world', he told me. Then the next day on the pitch he scored two goals," Fico was quoted as saying.
After beating Germany 2-1, Italy lost 4-0 to Spain in the final in Ukraine on Sunday. Spain became the first team to win back-to-back European Championships.