Mario Balotelli fires back at Brendan Rodgers after 'best player' joke

Callum Davis
Mario Balotelli responded to Brendan Rodger's on Twitter  - Getty Images 

Mario Balotelli has hit back at to Brendan Rodgers after the Celtic manager jokingly claimed the striker was the 'best player' he had managed.

The former Liverpool manager was speaking at Celtic's Player of the Year awards ceremony when he was asked to pick the greatest player he has had the pleasure of managing.

Despite working with stars such as Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho, Rodgers gave a tongue-in-cheek response, insisting Mario Balotelli was the best he had coached.

The Italian striker scored just one competitive goal in his ill-fated season at Anfield and Rodgers' joke at his expense soon came to the attention of the 26-year-old, who is currently enjoying a return to form with Ligue 1 side Nice. 

Brendan Rodgers watches on as Mario Balotelli is subbed Credit: Action Images 

Mirroring his former manager's sarcastic response, Balotelli wrote on Twitter: "Brendan Rodgers you are also the best manager I ever had. Amazing."

Rodgers brought Balotelli to Liverpool in August 2014 for a £16m fee, which the Liverpool manager later described as a bargain. 

However the former Inter Milan striker failed to live up to his price tag, scoring just once before being loaned back to AC Milan.

Balotelli famously called former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher a "wonderful hater" and a "bad player" after the Sky Sports pundit celebrated Italian's free transfer to Nice at the start of this season. 

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