Zlatan Ibrahimovic Quotes – From the Funny to the (Very) Arrogant

As Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues to prove himself as one of the brightest talents of his generation, we thought it was an appropriate time to delve into the long list of memorable quotes the Sweden man has treated us to. A nice way to describe Zlatan would be to say that he doesn’t suffer with modesty, and as you’ll see from his words, confidence has never been an issue for the former Barcelona, Ajax and Milan man.

On his ongoing feud with former boss Pep Guardiola:

  • “I felt like crap when I was sitting in the locker room with Guardiola staring at me like I was an annoying distraction, an outsider. It was nuts. He was a wall, a stone wall. I didn’t get any sign of life from him and I was wishing myself away every moment.”
  • “I asked for a meeting with Guardiola – for a discussion, not an argument. I said I was being used in the wrong way and that they shouldn’t have bought me if they wanted another type of player.“I told him what a friend had said to me – ‘you bought a Ferrari but drive it like a Fiat’. The chat seemed to go well but then Guardiola started to freeze me out.”
  • “I would walk into a room; he would leave. He would greet everyone by saying “hello”, but would ignore me. I had done a lot to adapt – the Barca players were like schoolboys, following the coach blindly, whereas I was used to asking ‘why should we?”
  • “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.”

On finding somewhere to live in Paris:

  • “We are looking for an apartment (in Paris). If we don’t find anything, then I’ll probably just buy the hotel.”

On his childhood:

  •  “I got a bike when I was little, a BMX. I called it ‘Fido Dido’ after the tough little cartoon guy with spiked hair. I thought he was the coolest thing ever. The bike got stolen outside of the Rosengård swimming baths and Dad went there with his shirt open and sleeves rolled up. He’s the kind of person that says: ‘No one touches my kids! No one takes their stuff’. But not even a tough guy like him could do anything about it. Fido Dido was gone, and I was crushed.

On his sexuality:

  • “Come to my house and you’ll see if I’m gay. And bring your sister.”

On his antics after winning the title with Juventus:

  • “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.”

On what he would buy his wife for her birthday

  • “Nothing, she already has Zlatan.”

On rejecting Arsene Wenger’s offer of a trial at Arsenal:

  • “Zlatan doesn’t do auditions.”


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