Mario Balotelli's natural mother has moved into the tough council estate made famous by TV show 'Shameless' in a bid to re-build a relationship with her son, whom she gave away at the age of two.
Ghanaian-born Rose Barwuah, 46, moved from Italy to Wythenshawe in Manchester and is making ends meet in a rented property.
Her attempt seems to be working, as 120,000 pounds-a-week Balotelli has been seen visiting the estate in his white Bentley GT, and taking his natural mother to the local shops or out for a drink in the local pub.
The estate, where rents are around 550 pounds-a-month, is a far cry from the 21-year-old player's usual haunts - he splits his time between a 3-million-pound mansion or a 975 pounds-a-night suite at Manchester's Hilton Hotel.
The Manchester City striker was adopted as a two-year-old after his parents were persuaded by social workers to give him away.
The family were struggling to make ends meet in a cramped flat in Brescia, Italy, and Balotelli was recovering from an expensive operation to his intestines.
The future Premiership star would sometimes return to play with his younger brother Enoch, but the visits dried up as the boy got older.
When his natural mother moved to Manchester, the footballer angrily claimed she was just after his money.
But according to a neighbour, the footie ace has been visiting his natural mother more often.
"Mario has started coming round more often. He sometimes strolls to the shop for her," the Daily Mail quoted the neighbour as telling the Sun.
"He has been friendly too and signed some kits. He has been to the local pub, The Tudor, and even put money behind the bar. It is lovely that he and Rose are close again.
"Rose is doing this herself to show it is not about money. This is the house she can afford. All she wants to do is to get to know her son.
"Rose has settled in here. She works at Wythenshawe Market, setting off before 6am to put out the stalls for traders," the neighbour said.
Balotelli's natural father Thomas is thought to be in Ghana, with plans to move to Manchester at a later date.
Barwuah's daughter Angel, 13, has also moved to the UK with her mother. (ANI)