Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli hires taxis to GUIDE him around the country!.

The Sunday Mirror says he is happy driving around his adopted home town, but pays cabbies to lead him on long journeys to avoid getting lost. Balotelli recently arranged to meet his agent Mino Raiola at the ­London home of Fulham manager Martin Jol as Raiola looks after both men.

Jol saw a cab pull up outside, but Balotelli didn't climb out. He arrived behind the taxi, driving one of his cars - an £80,000 ­Maserati GT.

The latest insight into Mario's ­madcap world has been revealed by his agent Raiola in a Dutch magazine interview. The taxi driver was then asked to wait for Balotelli before ­escorting the 22-year-old on the 200-mile return journey north.

A cab from Manchester to London costs a staggering £400 each way!