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Balotelli wins Golden Boy trophy

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli believes he was a worthy recipient of Tuttosport's Golden Boy trophy as the best player under the age of 21, claiming he does not even know who fellow contender Jack Wilshere is.

Balotelli finished ahead of Arsenal midfielder Wilshere for the Turin sports newspaper's award, and reckons he was a deserving winner.

"I am delighted to receive this award," said Balotelli to Tuttosport.

"Who should have won this award but me? Two years ago I finished sixth and a year ago fourth.

"It was finally my turn.

"I don't know who Wilshere is but the next time I play against Arsenal I will keep a close eye on him.

"Perhaps I can show him (Wilshere) the Golden Boy trophy and remind him that I won it!"

The 20-year-old Balotelli, who joined City in the summer from Inter Milan, hopes this award will be the first of many as he targets domestic and European success in 2011.

"My aim is that this prize will, in the near future, transform itself into the Golden Ball Award," he said.

"To have won this award is a good omen to achieve that."

Balotelli has big ambitions for next year.

"All I ask for is two things: to win the Premier League, in order to continue with the tradition I had at Inter of winning three consecutive league titles, and to clinch the Europa League - a trophy that I have not yet won, and a competition where we are considered favourites," said Balotelli.