By no means one to mince his phrases, former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic stays one of the enigmatic characters in world soccer right this moment.
Ibrahimovic was on United’s books between 2016 and 2018, scoring 28 targets in 46 appearances throughout his first season on the membership, taking part in an enormous half within the Reds profitable the Group Defend, Carabao Cup and Europa League.
In a wide-ranging interview with La Gazetta dello Sport again in 2019, the 38-year-old mentioned his ex-United team-mate, Romelu Lukaku, who he has now clashed with within the Milan derby.
The AC Milan striker was removed from complementary when discussing the Belgian’s approach and revealed he made a guess with the highly effective ahead whereas the pair have been collectively at Previous Trafford – which Lukaku turned down.
“I’ll say this on Romelu: don’t anticipate good approach from Lukaku. His greatest power is sheer energy. If solely he’d listened to me,” he stated.
“At Manchester United, we made a guess: ‘I’ll provide you with £50 for each respectable first contact you make.
“‘He replied: ‘What do I win if I get all of them proper?’ I informed him nothing, he would merely turn out to be a greater participant.
“For the file, he by no means accepted the guess! Maybe he was afraid of shedding?!
“Joking apart, Lukaku has this mad starvation to show himself to the world and I’m certain he’ll do properly at Inter too.”
Quick ahead to 2021, and the pair needed to be separated by teammates on the stroke of half time of the Coppa Italia quarter-final conflict.
The strikers butted heads as they traded insults.
Each gamers have been booked for his or her half within the confrontation however Ibrahimovic appeared extra in management than the Inter Milan frontman.
Ibrahimovic gave AC Milan the lead earlier, nonetheless, his recreation got here to an finish when he was given his second reserving on 58 minutes.
And naturally Lukaku wasn’t completed there as he grabbed Inter’s equaliser with a purpose from the spot within the 71st minute.