Serie A star Mario Balotelli is celebrating his retirement after joining Manchester City

Mario Balotelli is celebrating the retirement of a number of former Manchester City stars with a number for the city of Milan.

The Italian forward joined City on a free transfer on Tuesday and has since been given a number, one, three and five, with the last two representing the city. 

With the number two representing Milan, he was joined by the likes of Francesco Totti, Thiago Silva, Daniele De Rossi and Adriano Galliani.

It was a move that seemed to make sense with the city, a city that has become synonymous with its football. 

It also fits in with the former Milan striker’s retirement plans, with Balotlli wanting to keep his career with the Italian capital alive.

“I have no doubts that the City fans will remember me,” Balotoli said on the team’s official website.

“My father and my brother will always be proud of me, and that is the best part.

It was the greatest decision for me to join the City.”

For me, the City is the home and the city is the family.

I am very proud to wear the number three.

“Balotlli, who is currently a member of Italy’s U19 side, joined City from Internazionale in 2014.

He has played just three times for the club since joining the first team in 2015 and has scored just once in the process.