By Abigail Withey
Mario Balotelli took to Twitter to respond in tongue-in-cheek style to Brendan Rodgers after the manager joked that Balotelli was the best player he has ever coached.
The Celtic manager was asked during a question and answer session at Celtic’s end-of-season awards who was the finest player to have come under his wing, to which the former Liverpool boss responded: “Mario Balotelli… he was a fantastic player.”
Balotelli hit back at Rodgers’ comments on social media on Wednesday after appear to have found out he had been mocked.
After finding out he’d been mocked, the Italian responded on his personal Twitter account by saying to the Celtic boss that “you are also the best manager I ever had”, using a cry-laughing emoji and a kiss to denote it should not be taken seriously.
Brendan Rodgers you are also the best manager I ever had????????????. Amazing.
— Mario Balotelli (@FinallyMario) May 3, 2017
The Nice forward only scored once under Rodgers’ management in 16 games during the 2014-15 season.
The pair had a turbulent relationship during their single season together, but the sarcasm seems to have continued years on.
This follows previous comments made from the Celtic manager, where a report claimed that Rodgers didn’t have the final say on signing Balotelli back in 2014, and that the Italian striker was signed because “the owners are wanting you to go down that route”, suggesting that he wanted players like Alexis Sanchez at the club instead.
Both manager and player have performed impressively since going their separate ways.
Rodgers has guided Celtic to the Scottish Premiership on the back of a remarkable unbeaten campaign in which they are on course for the treble, and Balotelli has scored 14 goals in 18 starts for Nice, who are third in the French league.
Although they’ve both moved on professionally, it seems like the pair just can help themselves when it comes to sarcastic-digs about each other.
In other Celtic news, Rodgers has named the most influential player in Scotland.