Zlatan Ibrahimovic emphasised his quality on the pitch with four goals, including a stunning bicycle kick from 35 yards last night. However, he is just as good off the pitch. Here is a collection of 14 of the best quotes from Ibrahimovic over the course of his career:
“Come to my house and you’ll see if I’m gay. And bring your sister.”
His response to a female journalist who brought up the rumours of whether Zlatan was gay. I’m guessing she didn’t take him up on his offer…
“I don’t know. You can ask your wife about it.”
After turning up to a press conference with a cut on his face, he did not seem to be keen to talk about how exactly he acquired the injury…
Zlatan on Zlatan
“An injured Zlatan is a pretty serious thing for any team.”
When asked whether his team would miss him if he picked up an injury. To be fair, would you really argue with that statement?
When someone asked how he plays football – whether he is more of a Swedish or a Bosnian-type player…
Managers and Other Players
“Then Guardiola started his philosopher thing. I was barely listening. Why would I? It was advanced bullshit about blood, sweat and tears, that kind of stuff.”
Zlatan is clearly not one for in-depth, philosophical team talks. Certainly not a fan of Guardiola’s at least…
“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.”
Clearly Jose Mourinho understands Zlatan’s importance and has some useful advice for his wife. Special One meets Special One?
“What John Carew does with a football, I can do with an orange.”
After Carew criticised his profligacy in front of goal, Zlatan seemed less than impressed by the Norwegian’s talent…
“I like fireworks too, but I set them off in gardens or kebab stands. I never set fire to my own house.”
A smart piece of advice after Mario Balotelli set fire to his house ahead of the Manchester Derby. Garden I can understand, but why kebab stands?
“I couldn’t believe it. I was like ‘No way, Zlatan doesn’t do auditions’.”
While at Malmo FF, Arsene Wenger was interested in signing the young striker, but wanted to bring him in for an initial trial to take a closer look. Clearly Zlatan was not interested in a trial…
“I am Zlatan. Who the hell are you?”
As a 20-year old, he signed for Ajax for €8.4m. When asked how he would introduce himself to his new teammates, this was his reply…
“Nothing, she already has Zlatan.”
When he was questioned about the engagement gift that he bought for his partner, he clearly sees himself as the best thing possible…
“We are looking for an apartment (in Paris). If we don’t find anything, then I’ll probably just buy the hotel.”
When you are Zlatan, there are easy solutions to not being able to find a good apartment. Who needs a flat when you can buy an entire hotel?
“I have not met her yet, but when I do, I will be dating her.”
When asked who the most attractive woman on the planet was, he revealed his plan for when he finally decides. Not sure what his partner makes of this…
“It was the fault of David Trezeguet, who made me do one drink of vodka after another. I slept in the bathtub. Now I hold my vodka much better.”
David Trezeguet – possibly the only one to ever get the better of Zlatan. It certainly won’t be happening again by the sounds of it…