Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi has insisted that striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not the 'ogre' many people portray him to be.
Swedish international Ibrahimovic, who joined the Parisians from AC Milan in July 2012, has garnered a fearsome reputation throughout a controversial but hugely-successful career that has also included spells with Ajax, Juventus, Inter and Catalan giants Barcelona.
Yet despite his outspoken reputation, Lavezzi, who also joined the Ligue 1 champions last summer, claims his teammate is not the same character behind closed doors.
Speaking to Goal, he said: "Zlatan is not the ogre that people think he is. He is nothing like the image he's selling to the outside world. He has a certain image that he's living up to, but he's not like that in real life."
Indeed Lavezzi, who has won 24 senior caps for his native Argentina, claims he enjoys a very positive relationship with the talented 31-year-old.
"Everybody makes his own decisions on how to act and how you feel about certain things. Fortunately, I have a very good relationship with and I can talk with him about all kinds of things.
"His real personality is different than his image in the football world. He is not like that, that's just a character he's playing," he added.
PSG, who claimed the 2012/13 domestic title after finishing 12 points clear of nearest challengers Marseille, are currently fourth in Ligue 1 after recording two wins and two draws from their opening four fixtures.
Laurent Blanc's side face a trip to Bordeaux on September 13.