With a £130,000 Bentley GT with a camouflage vinyl wrap, there’s no chance of Mario Balotelli blending into the traffic.
So when he parked his flamboyant car outside a Manchester shop on Thursday, the footballer must have known it would be quickly recognised by onlookers.
After a crowd gathered outside the Intro menswear boutique in the Deansgate area of the city, Mario, 22, realised that leaving the store wouldn’t be quite so easy as he hoped.
So he enlisted a friend to pick up the flash motor and drive it around to the back door of the shop, so he could sneak out without the crowds.
Balotelli’s shopping trip comes amidst speculation over his future at Manchester City.
On Monday, his agent claimed Manchester City will not sell the striker to AC Milan this month.
Mino Raiola said: ‘City don’t want to sell Mario. At the minute there is a zero per cent chance of a move.
‘But who knows what will happen until January 31? There is an agreement between Inter and City, but that does not stop the player from choosing a different destination.’
If Mario did end up transferring to Milan, it would mean he would be closer to his baby daughter Pia.
His ex-girlfriend, Italian model Raffaella Fico, 24, gave birth to Pia in December 2012.
The baby was conceived shortly before the couple ended their one-year romance amidst reports of Balotelli’s infidelity.
Since their split, the couple have been involved in a war of words through the press.
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