Zlatan Ibrahimovic is no stranger to arrogance but fellow PSG team-mate Marco Verratti has revealed that the Swede once claimed to be Jesus.
The Italian has explained that what inspired Les Parisiens to win their first Ligue 1 title in 20 years in 2013 was Zlatan’s self-belief rubbing off on the rest of the team.
And the circumstances in which he buoyed the squad were textbook Zlatan Ibrahimovic!
Bigger than Jesus
"Before winning the 2012/13 league title, we were getting ready to play against Lyon," Verratti explains.
"Carlo Ancelotti was a bit tense, so Ibra approached him and asked him if he believed in Jesus. Ancelotti said yes, so Ibra told him: 'Good, so you believe in me. You can relax!”
Verratti and Ibrahimovic both joined the club at the same time in 2012 and since their arrival in the French capital they have become a dominant force in Ligue 1.
And the 23-year-old has also revealed that the superstar striker has worked hard to make sure his audacity makes a difference at the Parc des Princes.
"We are starting to get used to the amazing goals he scores," Verratti told FourFourTwo.
"Some of the plays you see him do during a match – they don't just happen. He works on everything in training. He has a co-ordination and creativity that very few players have. Even Ibra has got us used to his amazing goals!"