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CHRIS DAVIS Unlocking the Mystery

BY TOM VERDUCCI P. 26

LONDON FLETCHER Chasing the Iron Men

BY TIM LAYDEN P. 34

EXCLUSIVE

The Most Interesting Man in the World

HE IS ITALIAN

THE FACE OF AC MILAN

FRIEND TO POPES AND PRIME MINISTERS

SUBJECT OF RACIST HATE AND OF WILD ADULATION

HE IS AFRICAN

THE FACE OF THE NEW EUROPE

A RED CARD WAITING TO HAPPEN

THE BEST YOUNG STRIKER IN F√öTBOL

MARIO BALOTELLI

BY GRANT WAHL

P. 46

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