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Maicon rates Inter pal Balotelli ahead of AC Milan's Pato

Inter Milan defender Douglas Maicon rates Mario Balotelli ahead of Brazil teammate Alexandre Pato.

Balotelli is always being compared with Milan striker Pato in the local press.

And Maicon says: "Balotelli and Pato are two world class players.

"They came out of nowhere really and are doing fantastic things. But if I had to pick between the two I would say SuperMario is my favourite.

"I am sure Pato will do great things too. We will be playing the World Cup together and I can't wait for that.

"Every time I hear people saying I am the best right-back I feel touched and excited. It does boost my confidence a lot and I am always ready to give my best for the fans and the club.

"My wish is to pay back the faith Inter has had in me. For now I just want to keep our lead at the top of the table and then travel back home to Brazil and celebrate Christmas with my family."

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