“I only rate Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo above me, but that can change this season,” declared Mario Balotelli.
The Milan and Italy striker spoke to the Sunday Mirror about his ambitions for the 2013-14 campaign.
“I want to be the best player in Europe and I want to prove that this season,” the 23-year-old told the Sunday Mirror.
“At the moment, I only rate Messi and Ronaldo above me, but that can change this season. I am playing good football with Milan and I want to be number one in Europe. To do that, I must perform well in the Champions League.
“We have a tough group. Barcelona are Barcelona and Ajax have some good young players. The atmosphere that Celtic make in Europe is famous, so we also know to expect a tough game.”
Super Mario is also looking forward to the possibility of a return to face Manchester City later in the competition.
“It is a dream to play against Manchester City in Europe. I had a good time there - and had a lot of success there. I still have friends in Manchester and I would like to go back and say hello to the fans that were so good to me.
“It would be mixed emotions, going back - because I would be going there to win, but I hope Milan meet them in the knockout stages.”