Stephan El Shaarawy reveals Milan teammate Mario Balotelli “helped me through tough times, but Kaka has always been my idol.”
The Little Pharaoh has barely played this season due to a series of injuries and will be out for several more weeks.
He sat down with Verissimo on Canale 5 to discuss his career and life, both on and off the field.
“I am satisfied with how my career has gone so far, so I’d give myself seven out of 10. All I can do is continue, though first I have to recover from this injury.
“My father has been of the biggest help, as he accompanied me to training sessions and to this day keeps an eye on me in Milan. My whole family is very close.
“As for within the team, I have a wonderful rapport with Balotelli. Last season, when things weren’t going well, he helped me through tough times. He was a great support.
“My idol has always been Kaka. Playing with him is a dream come true. Then there’s Diego Maradona, who is the greatest player of all time.”
El Shaarawy is one of the candidates to be at the 2014 World Cup with Italy.
“In order to get there I have to do well with Milan first.”
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