Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani claims Mario Balotelli “is among the top five players in the world and he’s modest too.”
The striker has certainly been on fine form since completing his transfer from Manchester City in January, scoring seven goals in six games for the Rossoneri and netting in Italy’s 2-2 draw with Brazil.
“I think that right now Balotelli is among the top five players in the world,” declared Galliani on Sky Sport Italia.
“Behind Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Radamel Falcao, I see Super Mario as the best player in the world.
“Of course Edinson Cavani should be taken into consideration in that list, but let us not forget that Balotelli is only 22 years old.
“He’s modest too. I called him up to congratulate him for the goal scored against Brazil, but he said he should’ve scored another two.
“I always considered Balotelli to be a great player, even when he was at Inter, and we were able to bring this talent back to Italy. I speak to him every day and tell him to continue doing well, as it’s his first season as a first choice.
“Milan have had eight Ballon d’Or winners, so we hope to make it nine with him.”
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