Balotelli sneaks in at 99 in FFT’s Best 100 in World

Mario Balotelli has yet to set the world alight for his new club Liverpool, and the Italian striker has only just crept onto FourFourTwo’s Best 100 Players in the World for 2014.

The former Manchester City forward has work to do to justify his £16 million purchase from Milan, scoring just one goal in all competitions against Ludogorets.

Balotelli scored 26 Serie A goals for the Rossoneri after returning to his homeland from Manchester in January 2012.

However, his poor start to life back in the North West of England has resulted in him dropping 48 places from last season’s list, compiled by FourFourTwo.

The 24-year-old sits just above Wolfsburg full-back Ricardo Rodriguez at number 100, and just below Juventus' title-winning defender Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Speedster Raheem Sterling, a new entry, is the Merseysiders’ highest ranked member on this year’s century of stars.

There is also a place for his England team-mate Daniel Sturridge, who hit 21 Premier League goals alongside Luis Suarez’s 31 as the Reds came agonisingly close to securing their first top-flight title since 1990.

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