Mido reveals Zlatan Ibrahimovic's role in collapsed transfer in 2004

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For many Premier League fans, Mido was one of those players who seemed to get plenty of opportunities in the English top flight without actually doing very much.

In total, the Egyptian appeared for five clubs in England between 2005-13 but is probably best remembered for his spells at Tottenham and Middlesbrough.

He actually scored 13 league goals during his first loan spell at White Hart Lane but that's about as good as it got for Mido on these shores.

The striker eventually decided to call time on his playing career at the relatively premature age of 30 after making one league appearance for Barnsley in the 2012-13 season.

And looking at him now, you would hardly recognise he ever played the game at the highest level.

Now 34, the former Spurs ace is already managing his third different club and has been in charge of Wadi Degla in the Egyptian Premier League since November.

However, a story about Mido's career from over a decade ago has recently emerged that reveals just how differently his success as a player could have gone.

Back in 2004, Mido was considered hot property in Ligue 1 after some promising displays for Marseille.

A move to Italian giants Juventus was on the verge of being completed and yet Mido ended up joining their Serie A rivals Roma, why?

Well, it turns out the availability of a certain Zlatan Ibrahimovic caught Juve's eye at the last second, resulting in the Old Lady pulling out of a deal to sign Mido.

"In the summer of 2004, me and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were going to the Serie A. We both had the same agent, Mino Raiola, I had an agreement to move to Juventus and Ibra was going to join AS Roma," the Egyptian manager told TV channel DMC, as per Squawka.

“When I arrived at the airport Raiola called me and told me that I have to cancel my trip as Juventus made a new agreement with Ibra and I would be going to Roma instead.

“Fabio Capello was supporting Ibra in his first season and kept supporting him till he performed well in Serie A, unlike what happened with me in Roma."

Of course, we can only speculate how different things could have been for Mido had the Juventus switch gone through.

Moving to Roma did prove to be a mistake, though, and he joined Spurs on loan a year later.

Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic left Turin after just a couple of seasons following the Calciopoli scandal and went on to enjoy success at Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and now Manchester United.

You've got to say Juventus definitely made a wise move picking Zlatan over Mido!

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Ahmed Mido
Tottenham Hotspur
Ahmed Hossam Mido
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