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Column: Balotelli can shake off clown tag in Italy

Updated: January 30, 2013, 6:36 PM ET
Associated Press

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By JOHN LEICESTER

AP Sports Columnist

"A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma:" Winston Churchill's famous description of Russia easily could be applied to Mario Balotelli.

With one important difference: Hidden inside the jumble of myths, stories and questions that Balotelli lugs around is a fabulous soccer player. Is, not was. It will be great for him and for soccer if he now gets to prove that again at AC Milan.

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