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Zlatan Ibrahimovic started his Barca career like a freight train.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic started his Barcelona career with a bang, scoring in each of his opening five matches.
Not the usual template for a Barca player, here was a tall powerful centre-forward quite unlike the shorter, more mobile exponents the locals had become used to.
But he put himself about a bit and scored goals and as such became an almost instant hit on the Camp Nou terraces.
It would all turn sour very quickly, however.
Used to being the main man wherever he had played, the Swede appeared uncomfortable with Pep Guardiola's insistence that team play revolved around Messi.
Upon leaving in August 2010, just 13 months after signing, Ibra would suggest that Pep hadn't even spoken to him since February of that year.
In his book, excerpts of which appeared in the Daily Mail, he said:
He was a brick wall. I didn’t see any signs of life from him, and every hour with the club I wished I could be out of there.
I didn’t belong any more, and when we had an away match with Villarreal, he let me play for five minutes. I was seething inside, not because I was on the bench.
I can deal with that, if the manager is man enough to say: ‘You’re not good enough, Zlatan. You haven’t made the grade.’ Guardiola didn’t say a word, not a peep, and now I’d had enough.
Who knows how much difference the striker would have made had his differences with the manager been settled. He continues to score goals wherever he plays.