"From afar, people may think he’s a madman, but he isn’t. Mario is a lovely guy, very humble and very funny. I can assure people he has always been a pleasure to deal with. He has returned to Italy from England as the main man with lots of attention. Now he has to ensure he keeps control and keeps focus. Mario loves the pressure, but to succeed, it is about finding balance."
-- Chelsea legend and Watford manager Gianfranco Zola, who coached Mario Balotelli on Italy's U-21 team, writing the blurb on the Italian about his inclusion in Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world for 2013. (Time)