Balotelli faces his former club for the first time today.
âMy friend Mario has always been a Milanista, so itâs no surprise he is there now. Milan was his dream,â Matrix told La Repubblica newspaper.
âDo you know how many times I had to chop up his Rossoneri socks in the locker room? His Mum bought them for him and he would wear them in training, so Iâd sneakily cut holes in. He laughed like crazy.
âWe send each other hundreds of text messages per day, so yes, weâre still good friends. I want to say I am really proud of him. Of course I wonât stop our friendship just because he went to Milan.
âDo I need to give him advice on how to behave? Look, Mario never hurt anyone, heâs a really good person. He simply likes enjoying himself and is still a big kid.
âThe other night at San Siro I saw him dancing in the stands with Robinho. That is Mario, he lives life like someone who grew up in the streets and I love him for it. He has fun in a healthy way, not like those who act up, get drunk or ruin themselves physically.â