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The controversial Italian striker has seen his luxury car impounded 27 times since moving to England, who parks where he wants and has abandoned a supercar that misfired

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Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has picked up nearly £10,000 in parking fines and averages three tickets a day, according to The Sun.

The former Inter man, whose controversial behaviour both on and off the pitch has led to many questioning his professionalism, is also said to have had his car impounded 27 times since moving to Eastlands from his native Italy last summer.

Balotelli has already paid £300,000 in club fines for a number of misdemeanours, the most recent being for throwing darts at a youth team player.

Speaking to The Sun, a club insider said: "Mario will drive from his luxury apartment to a restaurant a few streets away and leave the car on double yellows.

"The other week the Maserati misfired so he just abandoned it. Staff have had to bail it out 27 times.

"The valet the club uses empties the glovebox of tickets every time he cleans it. Mario doesn't seem to care. It's a drop in the ocean to him.

"Mario was pulled over by the police and he had £25,000 cash on the passenger seat. They asked him why and he said, 'Because I can'. He doesn't care much for authority."

The striker has been linked with a return to Italy this summer and the player has previously expressed a desire to play for Inter’s deadly rivals AC Milan.

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