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Agent insists AC Milan striker Balotelli can inspire youth

The agent of AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli isn't surprised to see him in TIME magazine's top 100 most influential.

Balotelli will attend the magazine's glamour event next week.

"I am not remotely surprised," Mino Raiola told Sky Sport Italia. "Time saw something in him that many are unable to see.

"He can influence men, women, children. Mario can influence Italy in various different ways, starting from the issue of racism that can be fought.

"He is a perfectly normal young man, but it's clear there have been important responsibilities on his shoulders since he was 16 years old."

Milan signed Balotelli from Manchester City in January for around €20m.

"It was a real bargain, as Mario is repaying the investment with great performances and an improvement in his behaviour," continued Raiola.

"Soon he will be priceless, like the great works of art."

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