Mario Balotelli was considered by many as one of the biggest talents of his generation. He had spells at clubs like Manchester City, Liverpool, Inter and AC Milan, and showed flashes of brilliance while representing the Italian national team as well. But he was never able to fulfil his sky high potential. Now, the polarising striker has declared Celtic manager, Brendan Rodgers, as the worst coach he ever had.
Balotelli and Rodgers worked together at Liverpool. The Italian striker had been brought in after an impressive spell at AC Milan but his stint at Anfield was a major disappointment in the eyes of most.
Balotelli was brought in to replace Luis Suarez but did not even come close. He would spend just one season at Liverpool before being sent back on loan to AC Milan. He was not able to deliver there either. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he scored 4 goals in 28 appearances under the management of Rodgers.
It is safe to say that Rodgers did not make a positive impression on Balotelli during their time working together. As reported by Football Scotland, the Italian striker told TVPlay: "Brendan Rodgers is the worst coach I have ever had."
Balotelli declares Celtic boss 'the worst coach'
Balotelli will forever remain one of the biggest 'what if' stories in football. He showed flashes of world-class quality while playing for clubs like Manchester City, AC Milan, OGC Nice and more. He was fantastic for Italy during the EURO 2012 campaign as well, as they finished as runners-up.
It was always one step forward and two back for Balotelli though. He was never able to fulfil his potential.
Rodgers has a proven record of success at a long list of clubs. There is no doubt that he is a very good manager. But things clearly did not work out for him when it came to Balotelli.