Mario Balotelli has got his best result for ages – by getting engaged to a stunning reality TV star.
The former Manchester City and Liverpool striker has seen his career decline recently.
He is a free agent after leaving relegated Serie A club Brescia this summer.
And the 30-year-old has since been offered to Genoa, who narrowly escaped the drop last summer, and Serie C club Como.
However, it’s a different story off the pitch, with Italy international Balo hooking up with Big Brother contestant Alessia Messina
The 27-year-old is a model and influencer with 500,000 followers on Instagram.
She has appeared on Temptation Island, Grande Fratello – Italy’s Big Brother – and other reality shows.
Italian magazine Chi published photos of her with Balotelli at a Sicilian restaurant this week.
The mag quotes the footballer as saying: “I am engaged, and I am in love.”
Balotelli and Alessia have reportedly been an item for a month. He is said to have already met her parents at their Sicily home.
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Raven-haired Alessi regularly posts racy pictures on Instagram.
Controversial dad-of-two Balotelli had previously been romantically linked to Brazilian model Dayane Mello, 31.
But he said: “I don’t want any interference. Let’s be clear – I haven’t seen Dayane for some time now.”