ZLATAN Ibrahimovic’s send-off against Chelsea robbed the contest of one of world football’s superstars.
But the giant Swede ensured he was still on the back pages with his brilliantly cheeky riposte that Chelsea swarmed the referee like “11 babies”.
“That is not the worst. The worst is when I got the red card all the Chelsea players come around. It felt like I had 11 babies around me,” he said. Watch the interview at the top of the page.
UEFA say they won’t overturn the red card, which is a crying shame for neutral viewers.
But while PSG are vying for Ligue 1 and UCL honours, we can expect more pearlers from Ibracadibra himself.
Here are some of our favourite one-liners:
When asked about rumours he’d bought a Porsche:
“Absolutely not. I have a ordered a plane. It is much faster”
After Portugal beat Spain for a spot at the 2014 World Cup:
“One thing is for sure, a World Cup without me is nothing to watch”
After he ran Stephan Henchoz ragged:
“First I went left, he did too.
The I went right, and he did too.
Then I went left again, and he went to buy a hot dog”
On a jibe from John Carew who said some of Ibrahimovic’s skills were pointless:
“What Carew does with a football, I can do with an orange”
Zlatan gets marched. Source: AFP
On his sexuality being questioned:
“Come over to my house baby and bring your sister. I’ll show you who’s gay”
On why it didn’t work out for him at Arsenal, where Arsene Wenger wanted him to trial:
“Zlatan doesn’t do auditions”
On accusations by Rafael Van Der Vaart that he tried to injure him:
“I didn’t injury you on purpose, you know that. Accuse me again, I’ll break both of your legs, and that will be on purpose”
On what he got his wife for his birthday one year:
“Nothing. She already has Zlatan”
On how his house hunting was going after moving from Milan to Paris in 2012:
“We’re looking for an apartment. If we don’t find anything, then I’ll probably just buy the hotel”
This exchange with a Swedish reporter before the Portugal play-off in 2013:
TV4 reporter: Who’ll win the qualifier?
Ibrahimovic: Only God knows
Reporter: It’s kinda hard to ask him
Ibrahimovic: You’re talking to him now
And on then Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola:
Guardiola was staring at me and I lost it. I thought ‘there is my enemy, scratching his bald head!’. I yelled to him: ‘You have no balls!’ And probably worse things than that. And I added: ‘You are shitting yourself about Mourinho! You can go to hell!’ I was completely mad. I’m not violent, but if I were Guardiola I would have been frightened.
It never took off for Ibrahimovic at Camp Nou. Source: AP