Mario Balotelli responds after Brendan Rodgers joked he was the best player he has ever coached

Jack Austin
Rodgers only managed to get one goal out of Balotelli: Getty

Mario Balotelli has responded to Brendan Rodgers after the Celtic manager joked the Italian was the best player he has ever coached.

Rodgers signed Balotelli for Liverpool as a replacement for Luis Suarez in 2014 but only managed to get a return of a single goal in 16 games before he went on loan to AC Milan.

The Northern Irishman was sacked during the 2015/16 season while Balotelli was playing in Serie A for his former side but the striker was allowed to leave Anfield for Nice at the start of this season.

Rodgers was asked during a question and answer session at Celtic’s end-of-season awards who was the best player he had ever coached, to which the former Liverpool boss responded: “Mario Balotelli… he was a fantastic player.”

The 26-year-old has rediscovered his best form since leaving Liverpool, helping Nice to third in the Ligue 1 table with 14 goals in 18 starts.

And Balotelli hit back at Rodgers’ comments on social media on Wednesday.

He wrote: “Brendan Rodgers you are also the best manager I ever had. Amazing.”

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