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Italy and AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli says he owes a lot to the national team ahead of its World Cup qualifier against Malta.
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.
On Sunday, Balotelli says ''Many people like me, but not everybody. After Euro 2012 I noted that my popularity increased. Thanks to the Italy squad, now fans of other clubs are starting to like me too.''
Balotelli scored a stunning goal on Thursday as Italy came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Brazil in a friendly.
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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...
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