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Toe Poke Daily: Mario Balotelli's daughter accompanies dad as mascot for rival team

Mario Balotelli's first goal back in Serie A wasn't enough for his Brescia side as they fell 2-1 to Napoli thanks to goals from Dries Mertens and Kostas Manolas.

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Mario Balotelli scored his first goal for new club Brescia on Sunday, but his actions caught the attention even before kick-off of the match against Napoli (stream the replay on ESPN+ in the U.S.).

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The former Inter Milan, Manchester City and Liverpool striker strode out onto the pitch at the Stadio San Paolo carrying a young mascot who was wearing a full Napoli kit.

Mario Balotelli doing something unconventional, eh? What's the Italian for plus ça change?

It quickly transpired that the child was his own daughter, Pia!

Mario Balotelli's daughter, Pia, lives in Naples with her mother, his former partner.

Pia's mother, model Rafaella Fico, is from Naples, and was in the crowd to see her daughter's moment in the spotlight.

Balotelli's strike was not enough to secure a result for Brescia, who lost 2-1 to Carlo Ancelotti's side.

Mario Balotelli scored his first Serie A goal since 2015 with his daughter watching.

But a victory would been worth a mere three points. That precious father-daughter moment? Priceless.


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