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7 footballers who openly criticized their manager

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#2 Mario Balotelli on Jose Mourinho and Roberto Mancini

Mourinho once described Balotelli as ‘unmanageable’

Now, when it comes to eccentric characters, Mario Balotelli would certainly lead the list. The Italian player is one of the toughest players to work with and Mourinho was the first one to claim so.

Indeed, the self-proclaimed Special One once said that Balotelli is “impossible to work with” and Steven Gerrard, later in his autobiography, agreed.

The former City forward isn’t good friends with the Portuguese either and when Gazata Dello Sport asked him for his opinion on his former manager, he said: "Mourinho is the best coach in the world, but as a man he still needs to learn manners and respect.”

Those are some rather hypocritical words from someone who also was in an altercation with his once manager, Roberto Mancini.

Speaking of Roberto Mancini, Mario Balotelli didn’t spare him either. And to be fair to him, one can only take so many unpleasant words as the former City manager was left so frustrated with the forward’s antics that he believed he would have had fights with Balotelli on a daily basis if he was his team-mate.

And Mario came up with an epic response: “He couldn’t. I do Thai kick-boxing.”