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.
Instead, Rodgers took a moment to think about the question, before calmly stating: "Mario Balotelli". "He was a fantastic player" to the delight and laughter of the audience.
THE good natured love-in between ex-Liverpool manager and his former star striker Mario Balotelli has continued today with the Italian striker taking to social media to praise Brendan Rodgers.
Rodgers never wanted Balotelli, but with Liverpool's failure to capture Alexis Sanchez in 2014, we eventually gambled on the controversial striker - and it failed miserably.
Hibernian's John Mc Ginn in action with Dundee United's Blair Spittal
Blighted by injuries, bust-ups and poor form, Super Mario scored just one league goal in 16 appearances before being farmed out on loan to Milan. "Amazing" complete with a cry-laughing emoji and a kiss.
Rodgers was sacked early on in the 2015-16 campaign, but both men have gone about rebuilding their reputations this term - Balotelli netting 14 Ligue 1 goals for Nice, while Rodgers' Celtic are unbeaten domestically and a game away from winning the Scottish treble.
It's perhaps just as well that, with Rodgers based in Glasgow and Balotelli now plying his trade in France with Nice, there's 300-odd miles between the pair!