Published On: Mon, Feb 4th, 2013

Galliani likens Balotelli’s AC Milan arrival to Ronaldinho

AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has hailed the arrival of Mario Balotelli at the Rossoneri as being like that of Ronaldinho when he joined the club.

The Brazilian star arrived at San Siro in 2010 under a crowd of fanfare and although it never truly worked out for him, was a popular figure to Galliani.

He said after the victory over Udinese tonight: “[Gianpaolo] Pazzini did not feel good during the warm-up and although Balotelli was not scheduled to start from the beginning, he had to play because Pazzini was rested as a Champions League precaution.

“The arrival he has had is comparable to that of Ronaldinho in every aspect, even in terms of jerseys sold and although our budget dictates us more now, we still have a young team who we will be patient with and who have a long way to go.”

Galliani also moved very quickly to rubbish reports that coach Massimiliano Allegri could be on his way out to join up with Roma.

“He has a contract with us and I do not know why he was being linked with Roma.”

The Diavolo executive also said that he is being bombarded with the same curious question these days regarding Balotelli, Mbaye Niang and Stephan El Shaarawy.

“Parents these days stop me on the street and ask me for the money for the hairdresser to pay for their children who want the same ridge as our strikers,” he laughed.

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