When Eric Cantona told Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic that he can only be the “prince” of Manchester, you knew a response was incoming.
Ibrahimovic, who said he arrived at Paris Saint-Germain a “king” and left a “legend”, was never going to remain silent while Cantona hogged the title of Manchester’s king.
And, finally, the Swede has issued a response. And it’s golden.
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“I heard what [Cantona] said and I congratulate him because I have always admired him,” Ibrahimovic is quoted as saying by Goal.
“But he should know that I will not be king of Manchester, I will be a god in Manchester.”
Boom! Way to announce your arrival at Old Trafford.
Ibrahimovic’s latest show of braggadocio got us thinking about the 34-year-old’s greatest quotes. From telling Arsene Wenger that “Zlatan doesn’t do auditions” to putting John Carew on blast, the United forward isn’t short of a great quote or 13.
Check out the best Zlatanisms below.
After being criticised by John Carew:
“What Carew does with a football, I can do with an orange.”
What Zlatan brought his wife for her birthday:
“Nothing, she already has Zlatan.”
On whether he had brought a Porsche:
“Absolutely not. I have ordered a plane. It is much faster.”
Ahead of Sweden’s World Cup play-off match against Portugal:
Reporter: “Who will win the World Cup play-off?”
Zlatan: “Only God knows.”
Reporter: “It’s kind of hard to ask him.”
Zlatan: “Why? You’re looking at him now.”
After losing that play-off:
“One thing is for sure, a World Cup without me is nothing to watch.”
Turning down Arsenal:
“Arsene Wenger asked me to have a trial with Arsenal when I was 17. I turned it down. Zlatan doesn’t do auditions.”
When one journalist was a little too intrusive:
Reporter: “You’ve got some scars on your face, Zlatan. What has happened?”
Zlatan: “Well… I don’t know… you’ll have to ask your wife about that.”
Being misused at Barcelona:
“You bought a Ferrari but you drive it like a Fiat.”
Pep Guardiola rift:
“Guardiola was staring at me and I lost it. I thought 'there is my enemy, scratching his bald head!'. I yelled to him: 'You have no balls!' and probably worse things than that."
Property hunting in Paris:
“We’re looking for an apartment. If we don’t find anything, then I’ll probably just buy the hotel.”
Taking on Stephane Henchoz:
“First I went left, he did too. Then I went right, and he did too. Then I went left again, and he went to buy a hot dog.”
“One time I got dressed in all black, Rambo-style, and took a massive pair of bolt-cutters and nicked a military bike.”
FAO Mario Balotelli:
“I like fireworks too, but I set them off in gardens or kebab stands. I never set fire to my own house.”