Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has hailed Italian Mario Balotelli's explosive display against Manchester United in Sunday's 6-1 Derby.
Mancini described Balotelli as one of the best players in the world and a mad hatter.
Balotelli scored the visitors' first two goals and his performance came just a day after he set fire to his house by letting off fireworks from his bathroom window.
The Sun quoted Mancini, as saying: "I don't know what happened about the fireworks. The important thing is Mario and his friend were OK. But as far as the game went, Mario played very well. If you want to talk about Mario the football player, I put him in the first five players in the world."
He added: "The problem is his age. He is young and maybe sometimes he can make mistakes. But as a player, he is incredible. I hope for him, for football in general, we arrive at the day when Mario has changed completely his mind because after this he becomes one of the best three players in the world, like Messi, like Cristiano Ronaldo."
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