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Zlatan Ibrahimovic called English football "crap" in old footage.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic calls English football “crap” in new film

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has never been one to shy away from the limelight and a video of him as a youngster will ensure he is the centre of attention when Paris Saint-German face Chelsea in their upcoming Champions League encounter.

During his time as a Malmo player - before he became one of the best players in the world - the Swedish star is asked by a team-mate for his thoughts on English football.

“It’s crap,” the striker replies.

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The video is used in a new film which charts the 35-year-old’s rise to stardom called ‘The Young Zlatan’, out on February 17.

That is one day after Ibrahimovic’s PSG welcome Chelsea to the Parc des Princes for the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie.

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Ibrahimovic’s hatred towards English football likely stems from his brief spell at Arsenal. Arsene Wenger asked the forward, a teenager at the time, to trial at the club ahead of a potential move but Ibrahimovic refused the Frenchman’s request.

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Not that Ibrahimovic has come to regret that decision. Sweden’s all-time leading goalscorer has played for Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan as well as the French side, winning the first division in each country.

However, Ibrahimovic is yet to lift the Champions League.

That bicycle-kick

The striker will always be remembered in England for his stunning four-goal display against the national team in 2012, a game in which he scored a spectacular bicycle-kick from 30 yards that won the Puskas Award.

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The matchup with Chelsea is an intriguing one. PSG have a 24-point lead atop Ligue 1 while Chelsea, despite their lowly league position, are on an 11-game unbeaten streak.

This is the third consecutive year the sides have met each other in the knockout stages of the Champions League, Chelsea winning the tie on away goals in 2014 before PSG got their revenge last year.

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