Different worlds: Mario Balotelli's mum Rose Barwuah earns just £6 an hour. But he (Balotelli) earns £120,000 a week, likes to drink vintage champagne straight from the bottle and once famously put hundreds of pounds on to a church collection plate.
But Mario Balotelli's generosity doesn't appear to extend to his mother, who works as a cleaner in an office only a few miles from her son's £3million mansion.
While the Manchester City footballer glides around in his gleaming £120,000 Bentley Continental GT, Rose Barwuah has a more humble mode of transport – the number 11 bus. Five times a week, she catches the bus to start her job as a cleaner at a car lease firm on the outskirts of Cheadle, near Manchester, earning little more than the minimum wage of £6.08 an hour.
Home for her is a council home in Wythenshawe, the area used to film Shameless, the Channel 4 comedy about feckless families living on benefits.
46-year-old Rose Barwuah gave Mario Balotelli up for adoption when he was two, and she and her husband were living in poverty in a tiny flat in Brescia, Italy. Last Christmas she moved to the Manchester area to be near her notoriously eccentric son, now 21.
She and her husband, Thomas, who hails from Ghana, were advised to give him up when he was just 2 because he had a life-threatening intestinal condition made worse by their cramped living quarters.
It was also gathered that Rose Barwuah has cried out, claiming the Balotelli family, who adopted Mario, had turned him against his original parents and she had to work hard to build a relationship with him.