Mario Balotelli reportedly was involved in a fight outside Hollywood nightclub in Como On Sunday, May 4, after discovering his mobile phone had gone missing and singling out the alleged thief.
The Milan striker was enjoying a night out with younger brother Enoch, but Italian celebrity magazine Diva e Donna (h/t Metro) reports that the siblings' night was spoiled by the apparent theft.
Both Mario and Enoch Balotelli departed Hollywood in the early hours before noticing that the former's mobile phone was unaccounted for.
Enoch proceeded to "hunt down the thief on foot," closely followed by his older brother before the pair got involved in an altercation with the man whom they believed to be the perpetrator.
Balotelli has never strayed far from the headlines, making a name for himself as a controversial figure at both Inter and Manchester City before his 2013 move back to the San Siro.
However, this incident would appear to paint the striker in a more victimised light than he's perhaps used to, or as much of a victim as he can seem in a story of this nature.
The 23-year-old has been in good scoring form for the Rossoneri this season, scoring 14 goals in 25 Serie A starts, per Transfermarkt, although it hasn't been enough for Milan to avoid a disappointing season in general.
And club president Silvio Berlusconi would appear to have had enough of the striker, with Football Italia reporting that the veteran executive is looking to cash in on his services this summer:
Balotelli's brother Enoch hasn't been as prominent a figure in the tabloids, but this could be a sign that the younger of the two shares some hot-headed similarities with his notoriously controversial family member.
Just yesterday, Balotelli was in headlines for discussing multi-colored boots during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. James Orr of the Independent provided a statement from Balotelli, "I have to be honest, the first time I saw the boots, I thought the Puma guy was mad. But when I realised he wasn’t, I was already excited."
This Sunday will see Milan end their season at home to Sassuolo, and should other fixtures go in their favour, the club could finish as high as sixth in the Italian top flight.
Another competition that lies ahead for the forward is this summer's World Cup, and Balotelli should be hoping that the emergence of this incident doesn't have any negative impact on his involvement with the Azzurri in Brazil.