Ex-girlfriend Raffaella Fico told Super Mario about the news on the eve of the Euro 2012 semi-final against Germany, and he reportedly told her: ‘You gave me the best news of the world.’
He showed his baby delight by scoring twice in a match-winning display.
She added that Mario, never one to mince his words, would prefer a boy and be the one to choose the name – in spite of the fact the pair broke up in April.
The relationship lasted just over a year and failed to survive the rumours that he was having a string of affairs.
The busty model insists, however, that the pair are ‘rebuilding their relationship’.
She is no stranger to the spotlight herself, having appeared on Italy’s Big Brother and previously gone out with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Raffaella seems to share Mario’s penchant for attention-seeking: she once put her virginity up for auction for 1 million euros (£800,000).