Manchester City star Mario Balotelli has become a father for the first time, after his girlfriend gave birth to a baby girl called Pia. Italian model Raffaella Fico, who has long been in an on-off relationship with the City striker, gave birth to their child yesterday. Little Pia had been due on Christmas Day but was born just under three weeks early after Raffaella was rushed to hospital after having contractions while at home with her mum.
The Daily Mail reports Balotelli was not present at the birth but Fico's brother, Francesco, was. The couple's daughter, named after her maternal grandmother, weighed a healthy 8lbs, 4 oz (3.8kg) at birth.
There was no official comment from Balotelli following the 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.