Rodgers was in good spirits at the club's Player of the Year awards on Sunday night when he made the tongue-in-cheek claim.
During a Q and A the former Liverpool and Swansea boss was asked by a Hoops fan, who the best player he has coached was.
He laughed: “Mario Balotelli! He was a fantastic player."
The response was met the hilarity from the huge crowd at the Double Tree Hilton hotel in Glasgow.