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Mario Balotelli, Mario Draghi on Time magazine's top 100

Soccer star, central banker among world's most influential

Mario Balotelli, Mario Draghi on Time magazine's top 100

New York, April 18 - European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi and AC Milan and Italy striker Mario Balotelli have made Time magazine's latest list of the world's Top 100 most influential people. Draghi, who has made the list before, and Balotelli, appeared alongside newly elected Pope Francis. In a brief profile of Balotelli, his former teammate Gianfranco Zola, says the striker is a "lovely guy" playing under a lot of pressure. "Mario has all the qualities to be a top player: power and athleticism, alongside a good understanding of the game - all positive," writes Zola, who now manages England’s Watford football club. "He has returned to Italy from England as the main man with lots of attention," continues Zola. "Now he has to ensure he keeps control and keeps focus. Mario loves the pressure, but to succeed, it is about finding balance". Meanwhile, in a brief article about Draghi, Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, describes him as possessing "fierce determination" and deep knowledge of his job and his peers. "After 18 months at the helm of the Frankfurt institution, Mario has reshaped the bank," writes Lagarde. "His down-to-earth approach and keen sense of humour conceal a formidable will and the courage to take on skeptics for the good of the currency - and the continent. "Mario hasn’t won the euro war yet, but he has won many battles".

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