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."