Mario Balotelli ‘signs for Brescia’ but announcement delayed because of owner Cellino’s superstitions – The Sun

MARIO BALOTELLI has reportedly signed for Italian side Brescia — but the announcement has been delayed because of owner Massimo Cellino's superstitions.

Former Man City and Liverpool striker Balotelli signed his deal with the Serie A side late on Friday night, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The deal was done 15 minutes before midnight as former Leeds owner Cellino wanted to avoid doing business on the 17th.

The number is considered unlucky in Italian culture and Cellino follows the superstition.

At Cagliari, another club the Italian used to own, the number 17 was removed from seats and replaced with 16B.

And Football Italia say that is why Balotteli will not be announced by the club today either.

Balotelli is believed to have signed a three-year contract after rejecting an offer from Brazilian club Flamengo.

The 29-year-old was a free agent after leaving Marseille in June.

Balotelli spent three years at Man City from 2010 and helped them to win the Premier League title.

 

He went on to join Liverpool after a 12-month stint at Milan but endured a miserable time at Anfield, heading out on loan back to the San Siro.

Balotelli then rejuvenated his career in France with Nice, scoring 33 in 61 matches until his departure in January.

He bagged eight times in 12 appearances during his six months at the Stade Velodrome.

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