Why Any Club in the World Would Kill for an El Shaarawy and Balotelli-Led Attack

Matteo BonettiContributor IApril 8, 2013

MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 24:  Stephan El Shaarawy (R) of AC Milan celebrates after scoring the opening goal his team-mate Mario Balotelli (L) during the Serie A match FC Internazionale Milano and AC Milan at San Siro Stadium on February 24, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy should be considered one of the finest attacking pairs worldwide.

They're the Mohawk duo which have spearheaded a Milan attack that has not lost a match domestically in 2013.

Even though Il Faraone has slowed down his goal-scoring rate this calendar year, he has been invaluable for Milan by showcasing his other characteristics: a diabolical work-rate and selflessness for the team. His lack of goals recently has little to do with the arrival of Mario Balotelli, and everything to do with fatigue after an excruciating first half of the season.

Tactically, El Shaarawy loves to operate on the left of a 4-3-3 formation, where he can cut on his favored right foot and tuck it in the back of the net with finesse far beyond his years. His 16 goals in Serie A have proven that the little Pharaoh has evolved his game to become a regular hit-man.

Balotelli on the other hand, plays in the center of the the three pronged attack, where he offers a multidimensional offensive threat who can create, launch rockets from long range, or pick up any loose scraps in the box.

El Shaarawy said in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport that his relationship with Super Mario is excellent, and that they have built a true friendship which will help them mature alongside each other. Pictorial evidence suggests this, as they were photographed goofing off on a train pretending to sleep in the luggage compartment.

Not only are they growing chemistry together at Milan, but the two young Italians are also being called on by Italian national team coach Cesare Prandelli to lead the Azzurri throughout the qualifiers and into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The two have scored a total of 23 goals in Serie A despite Balotelli having joined over the January transfer window, and both of them are expected to net a tally of more than 15 goals next season.

With a partnership on essentially two different teams, Stephan El Shaarawy and Mario Balotelli are truly a force to be reckoned with in the present and future.