Zlatan Ibrahimovic is absolutely killing it at Manchester United, but he’s a player who’s as famous for his off-field persona as his on-pitch genius.
We’re massive fans of the giant Swede here at the Football Shirt Collective, so here’s a few of our favourite quotes from the former Ajax, Juventus, Barcelona, Inter Milan and PSG striker.
“Zlatan doesn’t do auditions”
The reason, he claims, that he didn’t join Arsenal in 2000. Arsene Wenger was keen to give Ibrahimovic a chance at the north London club, and they even had a shirt with Zlatan’s name on the back printed, but he wanted him on a trial. No deal, Arsene.
“A World Cup without me is nothing to watch”
Portugal beat Sweden in a play-off for the 2014 World Cup. Ibrahimovic made his feelings clear on how entertaining he thought the summer’s tournament would be.
“Nothing. She already has Zlatan”
Ibrahimovic’s pithy response when asked what he would be buying his partner, Helena, as a birthday present.
“We’re looking for an apartment. If we don’t find anything then I’ll just buy the hotel”
Ibrahimovic on his struggle to find an appropriate place to live while in Paris with PSG.
“First I went left, he did too. Then I went right, he did too. Then I went left again, and he went to buy a hotdog”
A quote that will go down exceptionally well with Manchester United fans because he’s talking about the defensive shortcomings of then-Liverpool defender Stephane Henchoz.
“When you buy me, you are buying a Ferrari”
Ibrahimovic offers up the automobile equivalent of himself
“Come over to my house, baby, and bring your sister. I’ll show you who’s gay”
After a picture with Gerard Pique while at Barcelona, some questioned Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s sexuality. When asked about it by a female reporter, that’s how he responded.
“He was nearly 6ft 5in and weighed over 15 stone, but he still couldn’t handle me”
Zlatan didn’t get on very well with Oguchi Onyewu. As well as this jibe against his former team-mate, he broke one of the American’s ribs in a training-ground confrontation
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“He would have to get used to the fact that Zlatan scores even better goals than him”
Zlatan’s way of encouraging Wayne Rooney to join him over at PSG two seasons ago.