Balotelli joined City from Inter Milan in 2010 and has scored 12 goals this season to help Roberto Mancini's side top the Barclays Premier League.
However, his stint at the club continues to be blighted by unwanted headlines concerning his behavior on and even off the pitch as well.
Despite this, Yaya is certain he would love it if the fiery Italian had been born in his country and was eligible to play for the Ivory Coast - even ahead of City's other stars like David Silva or Sergio Aguero.
"If I could choose one City player to play for the Ivory Coast it would be Mario," Yaya was quoted on City's website as saying.
"Whatever you hear about him is just newspaper stuff and I wish I had been as committed as him when I was his age.
"He is such a powerful guy and his concentration levels are unbelievable. He is young, so sometimes one or two things he does are maybe misunderstood but for me it is all part of his charm.
The Ivory Coast are one of Africa's strongest sides with the current squad blessed with such names like Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and of course the Toure brothers - Yaya and Kolo.
Both Yaya and Kolo will line-up for The Elephants on Wednesday as the Ivory Coast face Mali in the African Cup of Nations quarter-finals.
The Toures will return to Manchester early next week and could mark their return to City against Porto in the Europa League.