Thursday April 18 2013
'Balotelli can influence society'

Mario Balotelli’s agent is “not remotely surprised” that Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

“I am not remotely surprised,” Mino Raiola told Sky Sport Italia. “Time saw something in him that many are unable to see.

“He can influence men, women, children. Mario can influence Italy in various different ways, starting from the issue of racism that can be fought.

“He is a perfectly normal young man, but it’s clear there have been important responsibilities on his shoulders since he was 16 years old.”

Milan signed Balotelli from Manchester City in January for around €20m.

“It was a real bargain, as Mario is repaying the investment with great performances and an improvement in his behaviour,” continued Raiola.

“Soon he will be priceless, like the great works of art.”

Tomorrow there will be the result of Balotelli’s appeal against a two-match ban for insulting the officials, which currently rules him out of games against Juventus and Catania.

It was in fact a three-match ban, but the first game was due to yellow cards.

“He is disappointed in the suspension and doesn’t think it was right, so we all have hope in the appeal. The lawyers will do their job.”

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