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El Shaarawy backs Balotelli for greatness

March 23, 2013
By ESPN staff
Stephan El Shaarawy insists that he and AC Milan and Azzurri team-mate Mario Balotelli represent the 'young, new' Italy and thinks his strike partner could become one of the best players in the world.

El Shaarawy, 20, has won rave reviews for his form in Serie A this season and played on the left wing for the 2-2 friendly draw with Brazil on Thursday. But it is Balotelli who has been making the headlines since his return to Milan in January and, eventually, El Shaarawy thinks he can reach ...

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