brand new Maserati - and had it seized by police just 24 hours later.
The Sun reports that the Manchester City star picked up his new 187mph, £100,000 Italian supercar on Monday, but was pulled over by police on Tuesday on suspicion of speeding.
Apparently the striker's car was then promptly confiscated by the cops, who thought it had not been legally registered.
The 21-year-old eventually managed to prove his car's innocence by producing the
appropriate paperwork, and he was allowed to get back on the road.
It's not the first time that Balotelli has had trouble with his flash cars: his previous
Maserati was reportedly impounded 27 times for non-payment of parking tickets, damaged by thugs wielding crowbars, and then apparently written off when team-mates left a bag full of rotting fish in it for several weeks as part of a tit-for-tat prank war at Eastlands.
After that, he resorted to two wheels instead and bought a brand new motorbike - only to be immediately banned from riding it.
And that's only been the start of his woes, as we ran-down in our recent article "A year in the life of Mario Balotelli".