Former Liverpool and Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli found himself in a vehicle accident that left his Audi R8 extensively damaged in a recent incident in Orzinuovi, Italy.
The 33-year-old reportedly lost control of his car, colliding with a wall, causing the airbags to deploy. Fortunately, Balotelli managed to extricate himself from the wreckage before paramedics arrived, and he emerged unharmed.
The crash occurred near his hometown of Brescia, with no other vehicles involved in the accident. Despite the severity of the collision and images circulating on social media showing the “destroyed” state of his Audi R8, Balotelli escaped major injuries, according to on-scene medics.
Balotelli, currently playing for Adana Demirspor in Turkey, had been granted permission by his team to recover from an injury in Italy.
The incident coincides with his expressed desire to rejoin the Italy squad, despite not earning a cap in the last five years. This announcement followed Italy’s qualification for Euro 2024, secured with a 0-0 draw against Ukraine in their recent group match.
As of now, neither Balotelli nor his representatives have commented on the incident or provided details about any injuries sustained. Medics at the scene gave him the all-clear before allowing Balotelli’s brother to take him home.
The footballer’s unexpected crash adds a dramatic twist to his recent public declarations and raises questions about the impact this incident might have on his career and potential return to international football.