Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims Pep Guardiola hid from him at Barcelona

Barcelona's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrah

Despite being 38-years-old, it doesn’t look like Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be losing his goal scoring touch any time soon.

The Swede bagged 30 goals in MLS this season for LA Galaxy as his side turn their attentions to the play-offs tomorrow.

And the main reason why Ibrahimovic can’t shake off that goal scoring habit is because he has been taught by some of the very best.

The veteran played under Jose Mourinho whilst at Inter Milan and Manchester United and also graced Spanish turf under the guidance of Pep Guardiola at Barcelona.

Ibrahimovic won La Liga in his first season at Camp Nou before adding the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup title to his CV.

However, it seems the striker and Guardiola were far from a match made in heaven.

That’s because Ibrahimovic claimed that the current Manchester City boss hid from him in the changing rooms after a game.

Speaking to ESPN, he said: “We never had a confrontation, only down to him.
“When we faced each other, he hid from me.

Barcelona's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrah

“I went back to the dressing room after the game and he was in a room waiting for me to leave.

“At the door, one of his assistants told him: 'Ibra has gone, you can come out now.'”

“He is phenomenal manager, but as a man..."

It must have taken a lot to make a manager like Guardiola frightened of a player, that’s for sure.

Barcelona's coach Josep Guardiola gestur

As for Mourinho, Ibrahimovic was full of praise for his former boss, adding: "We still stay in touch, he had an incredible impact on my career.

"He is still the Special One - a winner.

"I hope he returns to a bench soon and I am certain he will win straight away."

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