Mario Balotelli's Ultimate World XI, Stirs Up Controversy, As He Snubs C.Ronaldo, And Includes Messi.

Barcelona Star Lionel Messi, has been highly praised by Brescia striker Mario Balotelli as the best footballer in the world.

The Italian forward is a huge admirer of the six-time Ballon d'Or winner and has once again lauded Messi as the only one who can win you football games all by himself.

Balotelli also says that watching the Barcelona captain play, means a lot to him, as he possesses the brilliance to change the game all by himself, Messi makes the difference in every game he plays, whether it be scoring or playmaking.

The former Inter Milan and Man City striker, whose career has been plagued with controversies, as he has featured for many top clubs in Europe, and has faced many great and talented players, has once again stirred controversy in the football world after naming his Ultimate-XI in the world.

His preference of Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo was visible when he excluded the Portuguese international from his Best XI, while Messi made the cut. The exclusion of Ronaldo raised eyebrows, while the likes of Ronaldo de Lima and Antonio Cassano completed his Best XI attacking trio alongside Messi.

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The 29-year-old speaking during a question and answer session on social media with Thierry Henry, was asked to name his all-time XI.

He explained his selections afterwards, saying;
"Pirlo guarantees you 10 goals a year, Yaya can do it all," said the striker."
"It's a good team, even if I don't put you Henry, I didn't put Cristiano Ronaldo either."

"There is also a Zlatan Ibrahimovic out there, he's on another level, he is like a god, but if there is one player who can win it for you in every game he plays, it's Messi. "

Here is a list of Mario Balotelli's Ultimate Best XI in the world:
  • Julio Cesar 🇧🇷
  • Malcon 🇧🇷
  • Fabio Canavaro 🇮🇹
  • Alessandro Nesta 🇮🇹
  • Maxwell 🇧🇷
  • Andrea Pirlo 🇮🇹
  • Yaya Toure 🇨🇮
  • Steven Gerrard 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
  • Antonio Cassano 🇮🇹
  • Ronaldo de Lima 🇧🇷
  • Lionel Messi 🇦🇷

Mario Balotelli who rose to limelight as a teenager (19-year-old) under manager Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan has seen his footballing form fluctuate.
He has since then played for some other major clubs including the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, AC Milan, Nice and Marsielle, and he is currently plying his trade for his boyhood club, Brescia.

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