Riva says Balotelli can be a ten-year player for the national team.
"He can overcome my 35 goals in Azzurro. He'll be our centre-forward for another ten years."
Riva also spoke of Italy coach Cesare Prandelli: "Big loss for the National Team if he leaves. He has done a great job.
"But Pep Guardiola left Barcelona that won everything."
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