AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli has hit out at Usain Bolt on Twitter following an interview the 100m world record-holder gave to Italian media.
The two-time triple gold medal-winning Olympic sprinter is in Rome for the latest Diamond League event, and was probed for his opinion of the controversial former Manchester City striker.
"Balotelli is a great football player, although perhaps a little too aggressive for my tastes," Bolt told TG1. "He never misses a penalty.
"I've met him a couple of times and to be honest I don't like him very much."
Balotelli hit back soon after on his Twitter account, posting: "@usainbolt get to no people before to judge them! Isnt very kind what u said about me..."
Bolt, however, pleaded his innocence and insisted his words were twisted to become more sensationalised, replying: "I never said I dislike you.. Just the media trying to create headlines #realtalk"