If you’ve ever read Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s fantastic autobiography ‘I Am Zlatan’, you’ll remember the story about the dressing room bust-up the Swedish striker had with former Ajax teammate Mido back in 2003.
Mido was unhappy after being dropped in favour of Zlatan in a defeat against PSV Eindhoven and refused to pass the ball to his fellow forward.
After the match, the Egyptian - in Zlatan’s words - “came into the locker room and called us all miserable c****”.
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Ibrahimovic continued: “I responded by saying if anybody was a c*** it was him. Mido picked up a pair of scissors and flung them at me. It was completely nuts. The scissors whizzed past my head, straight into the concrete wall and made a crack.”
Clearly, this was a serious incident. Had it happened today, there’s a good chance Mido would have been sacked on the spot.
Mido: Why I threw scissors at Zlatan
The 33-year-old, who was recently in charge of Zamalek, has now revealed why he lost his temper with the new Manchester United star.
“I was very upset I didn’t start that game,” Mido was quoted as saying by The Sun.
“When I came on, we were 2-0 down, I think, and I started arguing with Zlatan on the pitch.
“I was shouting at everyone and Zlatan was shouting back at me.
“I had scissors in my hand as I was taking off the wrapping on my ankles. Ten minutes later, I went into the shower and he was sitting at the Jacuzzi.
“We just looked at each other and started laughing. I said to Zlatan: ‘You know that I almost killed you?’ And he said: ‘Yeah, I know.’”
Mido and Zlatan are now friends
One suspects that Zlatan’s respect for Mido only went up after he had the audacity to throw a pair of scissors at him.
Indeed, since Mido was loaned to Celta Vigo and then sold to Marseille, their relationship has gone from strength to strength.
“It was easy to be friends with Zlatan, we just laughed a lot back then,” Mido continued. “We were just young kids with money and fame.”
Mido: I handled things the wrong way
He added: “You don’t understand how people were following me back in Egypt. I was the only player from there playing at the top level.
“So people were waiting for the Ajax game. They would say: ‘Ajax will play today, so we have to sit and watch Mido.’
“All the coffee shops, the restaurants — everywhere was just waiting for the Ajax game.
“My attitude has always been: ‘If I’m not playing, you have a personal problem with me.’
“When I got to the point where I had to fight a lot for my position, I handled things the wrong way.”
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