Most people go for either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo – or Neymar at a push – when naming the best player in the world.
Yet, Mario Balotelli isn’t the vast majority on the planet, and, maybe obviously, the Italian ignored the two whizzes when uncovering his pick for the best player on the planet.
Interestingly, the man the former Manchester City and Liverpool striker named plays for Barcelona, which will come as another kick in the teeth for Messi.
So without further ado, who is the mystery footballer on Balotelli’s mind? Well, the forward he replaced at Anfield of course, the one and only Luis Suarez.
This season the 31-year-old Uruguayan has netted 24 goals in 40 appearances for Barcelona, who are running away with La Liga.
The Spanish giants are also in a good position to win the Champions League after seeing off Chelsea in the Round of 16 and drawing Roma in the quarter-finals.
Balotelli also hailed Edinson Cavani, who he called the best player in Ligue 1 – over Neymar – despite not quite being as good as Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Speaking to Sport, Balotelli said: “Money doesn’t give you a team, it allows you to buy great players, but not a team.
“[Cavani] has scored a lot of goals in the last two years. I have a lot of respect for Cavani, because he’s a top player, but Ibra played less. You can’t compare Zlatan with Cavani, Zlatan is in other dimension.”
Asked about PSG, the Nice striker concluded: “To be honest I haven’t seen much of PSG this season apart from their games against Real Madrid.
“They deserved to lose, Madrid were more efficient and played better.”