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!”
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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!"