The Italian firebrand goes into the tournament under a form cloud.
"People will always want to talk about Mario,” he told the Sunday Mail. “They will always want to write about Mario.
“I’m used to that now. But for me, it’s time to make people talk about what I’m doing on the pitch.
“I want to be one of the best players in the world, and usually all the legends are born at the World Cup.
“I am absolutely convinced that Italy can win this tournament. I’m a realist and I know that maybe there are one or two teams that may be stronger.
“But I know with our quality we can beat anyone in the world.”
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