Mancini: Balotelli can be as good as Messi or Ronaldo

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says Mario Balotelli can be as good as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 20-year-old has had a fierily start to his City career, with some sensational performances on the pitch, and plenty of antics off it as well

But Mancini believes, that with some hard graft, the Italian can become one of the world's best.


"Technically he has everything, but this is not enough to be the best in the world. Messi, Ronaldo and [Andres] Iniesta work hard every day so they can always be the best. He [Balotelli] can reach those levels," Mancini told Sky Sport Italia.

"He has a great talent and he has improved a lot since the start of the season. It's important he has returned to the national side.

"Next season he will have to be dedicated 100 per cent."

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