Mario Balotelli has appeared 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.
Mario is the first non-US based footballer to POSE for a front cover of Sports Illustrated but not the first ever non-US based player to MAKE the cover.
As pointed out to us by Martin Baccardax on Twitter that honour belongs to Daniel Passarella in 1978.
— Martin Baccardax (@mdbaccardax) August 20, 2013
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