This is the charred remains of Mario Balotelli’s bathroom after dozens of fireworks were let off during an infamous 2011 party in his £3million rented mansion.
Pictures published by MailOnline for the first time today show how the indoor display started a fire that destroyed rooms in his £7,500-a-month house in Mottram St Andrew, Cheshire, causing a reported £400,000 of damage.
A friend of the millionaire footballer set off dozens of fireworks from ‘multi-shot barrage cannons’ in his first floor bathroom three years ago, starting a serious blaze.
Despite the fire he scored twice against rivals Manchester United on the day after the firework incident and Balotelli revealed a t-shirt with the cryptic message: ‘why always me?’
Balotelli’s four-bedroom house, where he no longer lives, suffered severe smoke damage and the bathroom was gutted in the fire, which needed ten firefighters with breathing apparatus to put it out.
The indoor display happened in the early hours on the eve of Manchester City’s top-of-the-table derby clash at Old Trafford in October 2011.
The controversial Italian and his friends escaped unhurt after fleeing the fire at 1am,
Liverpool’s eccentric striker had a rocket from his landlord, who wanted Balotelli, 24, demanded the Italian international pay for the estimated £400,000 repairs himself rather than go through insurance.
Describing what happened in an interview with Noel Gallagher on the BBC he said: ‘I was bored no, so I was with my friends and one of them was limping so I got one bin you know the bin? For put fireworks inside.
‘But nothing gonna happen right, so I left the room and I left the fireworks but I didn’t I walk out and then my friend go in the room and they just start screaming blah blah blah and the fireworks was going off and they put the fireworks on the bed, not on the bed sorry, on the toilet.
‘But just the curtain caught on fire, that’s it, nothing else. Just the toilet was lost’.
Balotelli has been the subject of controversy since being in English football, playing for Manchester City before being sold back to AC Milan. He returned to the Premier League this summer in a £16million move to Liverpool.
Having scored at Old Trafford, Balotelli unveiled a T-shirt which read ‘Why Always Me?’ in response to the scrutiny he finds himself under due to his tendency to prompt negative headlines.