Over the past decade, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has dominated world football and is widely considered one of the best players in the world. He narrowly lifted his home nation of Sweden into the World Cup on his own and is helping Paris Saint Germain take over the French Ligue 1.
If there’s one thing about skilled footballers, it’s that they love to be celebrities. Football is a massively worldwide sport and these top players love the limelight. The truth is that once you have reached the level that Zlatan is on, you pretty much can say whatever you want. You can joke to reporters, make claims of being the best in the business, refer to yourself as the almighty; it pretty much all works when you’re a player like Zlatan.
The best part of compiling a list of top Zlatan quotes is how diverse his best one-liners are. Diverse in the sense that he has about a million ways of saying he’s the best. So, let’s explore the top Ibra quotes and see how Zlatan appears to be very opinionated on a wide range of topics.
Here are Premier Sport Memorabilia’s top 14 Zlatan quotes:
On tryouts for clubs such as Arsenal
“No way, Zlatan doesn’t do auditions.”
On what presents (or lack thereof) he buys for his wife
“Nothing, she already has Zlatan.”
His importance to his club
|An injured Zlatan is a pretty serious thing for any team.
His sexuality (to female reporter)
“Come to my house and you’ll see if I’m gay. And bring your sister.”
His nationality versus his own swagger
“Swedish style? No. Yugoslavian style? Of course not. It has to be Zlatan-style.”
His financial status
“We are looking for an apartment [in Paris]. If we don’t find anything, then I’ll probably just buy the hotel.”
The skill of his opponents
“First I went left, he did too. Then I went right, and he did too. Then I went left again, and he went to buy a hot dog.”
The reasons for the scars on his face
“You’ll have to ask your wife that.”
Criticism from other footballers
“What Carew does with a football, I can do with an orange.”
“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.”
On celebrating Juventus’ 2005 league victory
“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 being misused in Barcelona
“You bought a Ferrari but you drive it like a Fiat”
On the antics of other famous footballers
“I like fireworks too, but I set them off in gardens or kebab stands. I never set fire to my own house.”
And finally the best quote of them all. Zlatan on his importance to world football
“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.”
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So there you ahve it, the greatest quotes from the great Zlatan. Have we left any classic Zlatan one liners out? Sound off below in the comments section for your chance to win a $50 Premier Sports Memorabilia gift voucher.