Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 10 Most Memorable Quotes
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is someone who very much encompasses the term marmite player.
In short, it means you either love him or you hate him.
Regardless of this frustrating talent's shortcomings, he is one of the best strikers to ever come out of Sweden and has played at a host of top clubs.
Here are some of the player's most memorable quotes.
When sat in a press conference, one reporter asked the Swede why he had scratches and scars on his face.
Zlatan reportedly commented:
"Well...I don't know... you'll have to ask your wife about that."
Seemingly one to stick it to reporters at any given opportunity, Zlatan occasionally shows his ability to do mathematics.
"According to my calculations it is possible to lose nine points in only three games."
If Zlatan was to compare himself to a sporting great, most people would assume it would be a sporting great who played the same sport as he.
Ibrahimovic declared he was akin to Muhammad Ali because, "When he said he would knock someone out in the fourth round, he did it."
At Barca, players were banned from driving their sports cars to training. I thought this was ridiculous – it was no one’s business what car I drive – so in April, before a match with Almeria, I drove my Ferrari Enzo to work. It caused a scene.
Zlatan certainly doesn't mind upsetting a few people by doing what he believes in, as displayed in this quote from his autobiography.
Jose Mourinho is a big star…He’s cool. The first time he met [my wife] he whispered to her: ‘Helena, you have only one mission. Feed Zlatan, let him sleep, keep him happy!’ The guy says what he wants. I like him.
Zlatan thinks some things can be achieved with hard work, whereas other things you are just born with.
He might be right.
To make him happy and everybody else. You were born as the one you are. I mean destiny, yes there is destiny. Some things is made by destiny yes, other things by hard work, but quality you don’t learn. Quality you are born with
Despite it being November at the time and that Zlatan had only been playing club football for a couple of months, tiredness got the better of him once in 2010.
I have played many games this season and now I feel tired, almost worn out. Seeing that at Milan there are two injured strikers, the situation is not very easy for me. I have to thank the Sweden coach who allowed me to rest a little bit this week.
So what kind of football does Zlatan Ibrahimovic play?
Swedish style? No.
Yugoslavian style? Of course not.
It has to be "Zlatan—style."
At least that's what he said when asked by a reporter.
One thing that is abundantly clear is that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is unashamedly arrogant.
That can be a great thing in a sportsman and can often set aside a player for greatness.
Whilst Zlatan is a superb footballer on his day, he has always found consistency difficult to come by, which will likely halt the talk that suggests he is one of the best ever.
I can't wait to hear what he says and does next.
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