Balotelli issues hilarious response after being trolled by Brendan Rodgers

On Tuesday, the Celtic boss had a joke at the Nice forward's expense during his side's Player of the Year awards evening.

Earlier in the week, the Celtic boss told a packed Q&A session that his former Liverpool striker was the best player he'd ever worked with - which brought the house down. "Apart from the fans, who were fantastic with me, I must be honest, and the players, who I had a good rapport with, I didn't like the club", he said.

In total, Balotelli just made 16 Premier League appearances for the Reds, while he scored once in the EPL.

The striker was forced to train on his own during pre-season before he joined Nice in a free transfer on deadline day.

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.

However, the 26-year-old has rediscovered his form since moving to Ligue 1, with 16 goals in 26 outings in all competitions for Nice - including the opener in their 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain last time out.

"Brendan Rodgers you are also the best manager I ever had", he tweeted.

  • Latoya Cobb