03/07/2012 12:16 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Mario Ballotelli Is Going To Be A Dad.. Let's Hope He's Crying Tears Of Joy This Time

Footballer Mario Balotelli is going to be a dad. Let's hope he'll be crying tears of joy this time.

The Man City striker with a bad boy image was seen bawling like a newborn by millions of TV football fans when his team Italy got spanked 4-0 by Spain in the Euro Cup final.

But – we presume – he will now be crying tears of joy after his ex-lover, model Raffaella Fico, 24, told him she was pregnant – and that he's the dad.

The couple only recently ended their one-year relationship after Mario allegedly cheated on her. Now she claims they are ready to get back together and become a family.

She revealed: "I phoned Mario when he was at the Italy team's training camp on the day before they played Germany.

"I told him, 'You remember our dream to become parents? Well, I am expecting a baby. Your baby.'

"He was silent at first, but then let himself go. He told me, 'You've given me the best news ever.'

"I know how much Mario loves me, and I love him. We are now rebuilding our relationship. He'll be a playful dad and a good, loving partner."

She said they are waiting to find out the sex of the baby - and that Mario hopes it will be a boy.

Raffaella added: "I know for sure that he or she will wear the surname Balotelli with pride."