Mario Balotelli changes colour of his Maserati

Matt finish for Balotelli as Man City star gives 100k Maserati a makeover

Mario Balotelli has made one last-ditch attempt to ensure he ends the calendar year as the most-talked about Premier League footballer of 2011.

After enthralling drinkers at a local pub in Manchester where he put 1,000 behind the bar as a Christmas treat for the patrons over the festive period, the Manchester City striker appeared in a more sombre mood on Friday judging by the new colour choice for his Maserati GT.

Change of colour: Balotelli has given his Maserati a new look

Change of colour: Balotelli has given his Maserati a new look

All white on the night: How Balotelli

All white on the night: How Balotelli”s Maserati looked before the makeover

Not content with the sleek white look of his 100,000 car, Balotelli has followed in the footsteps of fellow footballer David Beckham after wrapping his Maserati in matt black.

The 24million striker, who has become notorious for his wild off-field antics, joins a number of Premier League stars to give their car a face lift.

Manchester United star Wayne Rooney, turned his silver 150,000 Range Rover white in January, while Stoke midfielder Jermaine Pennant opted for a chrome look to his Aston Martin DBS earlier this year.

Trending: United star Rooney turned his silver 150,000 Range Rover in January

Trending: United star Rooney turned his silver 150,000 Range Rover white in January

Balotelli famously unveiled a “Why Always Me” t-shirt after scoring at Old Trafford earlier this season.

And here at Sportsmail we”re asking “Why don”t you just buy a new car, Mario” With the 21-year-old reportedly earning 180,000-a-week, it”s not as though he”s short of the cash, is it