Balotelli: Italy behind his rising popularity

March 24, 2013
By Associated Press
FLORENCE, Italy -- Italy and AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli says he owes his increased popularity in Italy to the national team.

Balotelli left Italy under a cloud in 2010 following a turbulent time at Inter Milan. However, he established himself as a key player in the national side during last summer's European Championship, notably by scoring both goals in the 2-1 semifinal victory over Germany.

"Many people like me, but not everybody," Balotelli said on Sunday ahead of ...

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