Tuesday August 20 2013
Balotelli Sports Illustrated cover star

Mario Balotelli has become the first non US-based soccer player to appear on the front cover of Sports Illustrated.

The Milan and Italy striker appears with a lengthy interview in the new edition of the magazine.

The story calls him “the most interesting man in the world (soccer edition), by turns a national hero and the target of national prejudice.”

This honour follows on from Balotelli being named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

Click here to read the full Sports Illustrated story.

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