Late last week, we put together a list of the 25 most badass Sports Illustrated covers of all time. But if we had to do it all over again, the cover that you see here definitely would have been in contention to make the list. It's set to hit stands this week, and it features Mario Balotelli striking a pose while walking on water. Pretty badass cover, for sure.

SI also just put up the full cover story on Balotelli. The story, written by SI's Grant Wahl, features a bunch of good stuff in it, including a portion that has Balotelli addressing specific rumors that have come out about him in recent years (him driving a Ferrari around a go-kart track, him confronting a bully who made one of his fans cry, him shooting off fireworks in his house, etc.). You can check it out over here.

How awesome is this dude?

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[via SI]