MANGARATIBA, Brazil (AP) — Mario Balotelli took care of some personal business before the World Cup starts, proposing to his Belgian girlfriend Fanny Neguesha early Tuesday morning.
"She said yes," the Italy striker posted on Instagram. "The most important yes in my life."
"That was the place of my question! I Love you and happy birthday too!" Balotelli added, next to a picture of a romantic beach setting.
Balotelli also posted a picture of a diamond ring on Neguesha's hand.
At training, Italy's squad applauded Balotelli and he responded with a wave of his hand and a wide smile. Then teammates Antonio Candreva, Ciro Immobile and Ignazio Abate went over to offer congratulatory hugs.
"He must have gone through a lot of emotions last night," teammate Claudio Marchisio said. "But now we all need to focus on the World Cup."
Balotelli continued to smile as he ran alongside Immobile and chatted with the forward who is posing a challenge to his lineup spot.
Earlier this year, Balotelli acknowledged he has a daughter, Pia, from a previous relationship with Raffaella Fico.
Coach Cesare Prandelli has opened Italy's training base in Brazil to wives and girlfriends. The Azzurri face England on Saturday.