First pictures of Mario Balotelli's newborn daughter, Pia - who he hasn't met yet
Magazine readers have been treated to the first sight of soccer bad boy Mario Balotelli's newborn baby – who has yet to meet her famous father.
The little girl called Pia was born earlier this month to his ex-girlfriend Raffaella Fico, 27, and arrived three weeks early.
But Manchester City striker Mario wasn't at the birth, choosing instead to cavort with a model called Fanny. He is yet to see his daughter in the flesh and is said to have only seen pictures of her via email.
In an interview with glossy Italian weekly Chi, model Raffaella posed for several pictures with Pia, as well as her mother and brother Francesco, after securing a five figure deal with the magazine.
In the accompanying interview, Raffaella attacked Mario for failing to act as a proper father. "Mario for me is irresponsible," she said.
"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."
Raffaella and Mario were an item for almost a year but split up in March after she flew to Manchester to confront him over a series of alleged affairs.
Raffaella described he moment she went into labour and rushed to the clinic.
"I sent Mario a text message at 3pm when the first contractions started and then again at 6.30pm when I went into the delivery room. I sent him another as soon as I came out and Pia had been born," she said.
"But he only bothered to get in touch at half past midnight when my phone rang.
"I said to him 'Mario, I've given birth' and he just said 'Ah OK, I'm not bothered' and he then put the phone down. I've not heard from him since.
"Mario's not even bothered about seeing his daughter - even if he doesn't want me to take a DNA test anymore I will do. I will make the results public so everyone knows Pia is Mario Balotelli's daughter."
She added: "I have not had any economic help from Mr Balotelli. He is worth more than da Vinci's Mona Lisa but for his own daughter he hasn't flashed a penny. I have not even had a call asking if I needed anything. I don't need him or his money."
And she went on: "The door for his daughter is always open. The door of my heart is closed forever.
"I think when he came back to Naples a couple of months ago to see me that was just a PR exercise.
"Things then were not going well for him on and off the field.
"He doesn't have any paternal instincts. He is not even curious about his own daughter."