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Mario Balotelli Has a Talent That's Every Bit as Electric as His Personality

It's 10:30 a.m. on a Tuesday at the St. Regis hotel in Miami Beach, and (what else is new?) Mario Balotelli is drawing a crowd. In exactly one week Super Mario will meet Pope Francis, who will single out Balotelli for a private-audience from among a group that includes Lionel Messi and the Argentine and Italian national soccer teams. But here in this Balo-benighted swath of Florida the story is different. Posing for an SI photo shoot, the 23-year-old star forward of Italy and AC Milan is towering -- 6' 2", shirtless, Mohawked, arms extended wide -- on a plexiglass platform that makes it look as though he's walking on the liquid surface of a swimming pool...

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