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URIOUS Mario Balotelli has called in lawyers to sue his former girlfriend after she accused him of being 'irresponsible' and 'not interested' in his newborn baby daughter. The Manchester City ace's relationship with Raffaella Fico, 24, has become a real life soap opera with the two having furious slanging matches since they split up in the spring following a year long relationship. Earlier this month, former underwear model Raffaella gave birth to a baby girl called Pia, who was conceived just before the couple broke up. Initially, the player had demanded a DNA test to prove he was the father but then backtracked and said he was going to give their romance another try. But now Balotelli, 22, has lashed out at Raffaella following an interview with Chi magazine earlier this month in which she said: 'Mario for me is irresponsible. It came to a certain point where he was just not interested in anything, not in me, or our daughter. 'Up until certain things happened he was supposed to marry me. That was our project, our desire. Then all of a sudden everything collapsed and I don't know why.' In a statement published in Gazzetta Dello Sport, Balotelli said: 'In relation to what was said by Raffaella Fico in her last interview with Chi, I have sadly decided to respond. 'There is a limit for everything and I can no longer tolerate that my honour as a man is offended and I am falsely accused of serious misbehaviour, and which has no element of truth. 'I have asked my lawyer to take the necessary legal action to defend my honour which has been damaged by the declarations of Raffaella Fico to Chi. 'I caution Raffaella Fico that she will be asked to pay damages for any further irresponsible comments that she makes that harm my reputation and honour.' Balotelli's adoptive parents Franco and Silvo also joined in the attack on Raffaella, using an open letter to accuse her of cashing in on her relationship with him. They wrote: "We believe that our son is not the irresponsible and undignified person that you have described.' They went on: 'You seem to have had no hesitation of expressing publicly every sentiment you have felt in order to appear on front pages.' Franco and Silvia also dismissed her previous claims that she and Balotelli were still a couple when she flew to Manchester earlier this year to see him and said: 'You know full well the relationship was over at the beginning of April. Why do you keep saying otherwise?

HE year 2012 was an outstanding year for Nigerian midfielder, Victor Moses following his big money move from Wigan to Chelsea. It was the same year he made a debut for the Super Eagles and was in the goals as the national team romped to the 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON). In 2012, Moses was blessed with a baby boy, Brentely, and was named a 'Dream the Blues' ambassador by electronics giants, Samsung. Heading to his maiden AFCON appearance where he has already been pencilled as Nigeria's biggest star to watch by pundits, Moses has sensationally revealed his target in the New Year to The Nation Sport & Style. “My target in 2013 is obviously to do well for both club and country,” Moses was quoted as saying by his closest confidant. “I'm very excited to represent my country at the Nations Cup for the first time and my target will be to win the trophy.” Moses noted that his career has been on the rise since he made a debut for the Super Eagles under coach Stephen Keshi and the 2013 AFCON will be an opportunity to repay the confidence the gaffer reposed on him. “ I want to repay the confidence Coach Keshi has in me , by playing well at the tournament and winning the trophy will be my target as well as my teammates,” he said even as he already plan to • Moses celebrating with Super Eagles celebrate team mates should Nigeria meet and beat Ghana's Black Stars along the way. “I am looking forward to the prospect of meeting Ghana at a certain stage in the competition and it will be a wild celebration if we win because I always derive joy when any Nigerian team beat their G h a n a i a n counterparts,” revealed the tattoocrazy Chelsea's star. Incidentally, in the outgoing year 2012, Moses had sensationally opened his heart to The Nation Sport & Style, revealing that tattoo is tasteful but not tacky. “It's is just me, I just love (tattoo),” said Moses, the former England Under-21 star who has transferred his allegiance to his country of birth by playing for the

By Morakinyo Abodunrin Nigerian national team." I can't choose which of the tattoo that is really special. “I really can't choose because I like a selection of different things. Tattoo is stylish and I like the way it fits my body." Moses, who describes himself as an introvert, said he likes to look good since this could actually rob off on his playing prowess. “I love looking good because when I feel good, I can play good too,” added the player who has obsession of watching the DVDs of that elegant former French gazelle, Zinedine Zidane. “I'm always sticking on Zidane DVDs he's a legend,” Moses once said on why he idolises the former European and World Football of the Year. “I must have his whole catalogue of videos and I am always studying them. “I try to master some of his skills and bring them into my game. He wasn't as quick as me, but his technique, movement and control were a different class. “I grew up watching him, and, even now, I study his videos, then go to the training ground, try a few things out, mix it up and take it into matches.” Though he is yet to dazzle for the Super Eagles as did his adorable Zidane who led the Les Blues to win the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 Championship, Moses enthused that he has made the right decision by playing for Nigeria and he is optimistic that the national team's chances of w i n n i n g something very soon is bright. “England has a number of quality players coming through while there aren't as many in Nigeria,” Moses said. “So I thought it would be good to help the country of my birth and now I'm so happy to have made that decision. “Playing for Nigeria is different. I must learn to adapt to the style of African football. It's always been my ambition to win trophies and everyone dreams of lifting the World Cup. I hope I can help Nigeria become the first African nation to win that.”

The Nation December 30, 2012  

The Nation December 30, 2012

The Nation December 30, 2012  

The Nation December 30, 2012

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