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Agent: Balotelli worth €250million
Posted Monday, July 02, 2012 by ESPNSTAR.com

Agent: Balotelli worth €250million

The agent for Manchester City and Italy striker Mario Balotelli believes the footballer will soon be worth €250million.

"What is Mario worth after the Euros? Well, I would not say priceless, but if I have to put a value on him, I would say €250million [£202m]," Mino Raiola said.

"But whatever the price, he will stay at City, 200 per cent. It is not that Mario has changed, but the way people around him now see him. That is what has changed."

Raiola was actually speaking just hours before Sunday's Euro 2012 showpiece between Spain and Italy, and it was in response to Balotelli's two goal performance in the semi-finals against Germany.

Balotelli was less impressive during Italy's 4-0 loss in the final to Spain, but the way in which he was widely saluted for his display after the Germany game appears to confirm that the Italian's stock has risen considerably in world football.

This could explain why the player's agent Raiola holds such a remarkable valuation for his client which would easily dwarf the current transfer record fee of £80million paid by Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo.

By not scoring on Sundauy, Balotelli did lose out to Chelsea and Spain striker Fernando Torres in the running to be named as the Golden Boot winner at Euro 2012.

Torres's goal and assist in the closing six minutes of Spain's 4-0 triumph over Italy in the final took him to three goals and one assist for the tournament - level with Germany's Mario Gomez who also has three goals and an assist.

However, Torres took home the Golden Boot prize by virtue of having played fewer minutes (189) at the tournament than Gomez (282).

UEFA Euro 2012 final tournament top scorers

Fernando Torres (Spain)
Mario Gomez (Germany)
Mario Balotelli (Italy)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Alan Dzagoev (Russia)
Mario Mandžukić (Croatia)

Nicklas Bendtner (Denmark)
Cesc Fàbregas (Spain)
Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden)
Petr Jiráček (Czech Republic)
Michael Krohn-Dehli (Denmark)
Václav Pilař (Czech Republic)
Dimitris Salpingidis (Greece)
Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine)
Xabi Alonso (Spain)
David Silva (Spain)

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

    Cities & Stadiums

    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia