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Soccer star Mario Balotelli on cover of Sports Illustrated

Mario Balotelli on the Sports Illustrated cover Jeffery A. Salter for Sports Illustrated

AC Milan and Italy national team star forward Mario Balotelli is a friend of popes, a lover of pigs and a symbol of an increasingly multiracial Europe. But the lightening rod for attention also has the talent that’s every bit as electric as his personality, says senior writer Grant Wahl in this week’s Sports Illustrated.

Balotelli, who sat down with Wahl for an exclusive interview when AC Milan was in Miami last month, appears on the national cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated, on newsstands Wednesday.

To read Wahl's Sports Illustrated cover story, click here.

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