If you thought bad boys only existed in rock and roll, think again… Swedish football sensation Zlatan Ibrahimovich can put any rockstar to shame! Known as much for his off-field antics as the unbelievable goals he scores, Zlatan is one player who is straight-up no bullsh*t.
Even at 32-years-old, the superstar is a constant threat to opposing defenses as striker for French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG). And who can forget the staggering 30-yard propeller kick he scored playing for his national side against England?
As an ode to football’s wild child, we bring you 5 outrageous quotes from the great ‘Zlatan’.
He was quite vocal before Sweden’s World Cup qualifier against Portugal. When asked who he thought would go through he replied:
“Only God knows… You’re talking to him now.”
Though, the self-proclaimed ‘God’ may have not predicted being knocked out…
Ibrahimovich is ‘sometimes’ said to be ‘a little’ cocky and arrogant. And there is perhaps no quote that can better sum that up:
“Arsene Wenger asked me to have a trial with Arsenal when I was 17. I turned it down. Zlatan doesn’t do auditions.”
When asked what he got his partner, former Swedish model Helena Seger, for her birthday he retorted:
“Nothing. She already has Zlatan.”
Ibrahimovich’s killer instinct is inspired by one of sport’s greatest all-time legends — Muhammad Ali, and the ‘Zlatan’ wasn’t afraid to compare himself to the boxing great:
“I’m like Muhammed Ali. When he said he would knock someone out in the fourth round, he did it.”
It is sad Ibrahimovich will not feature in this summer’s FIFA World Cup after Sweden was knocked out by Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal in the qualifiers. But the ‘Zlatan’ wasn’t afraid to pull any punches about his World Cup absence:
“One thing is for sure, a World Cup without me is nothing to watch so it is not worthwhile to wait for the World Cup!”