Zlatan Ibrahimovic previously described English football as crap

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It's fair to say that Premier League fans have been waiting a very long time for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to surface on English soil. 

The enigmatic Swede has long been recognised as one of the leading forwards in world football and will be starring in England's elite division for the 2016/17 campaign. In fact, he has already started to make an impact at Manchester United. 

Indeed, the 34-year-old struck the Red Devils' winning goal as they secured a 2-1 victory over Leicester City in the Community Shield on Sunday. 


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Zlatan certainly didn't have his most influential game of his career, but he still popped up with the winning goal against the Premier League champions. 

It's fair to say, then, that United fans will be excited to see the robust striker in action at the Vitality Stadium against Bournemouth this weekend. 

Zlatan describes English football 

But what has taken Zlatan so long to grace the Premier League with his presence? Well, it appears that he hasn't always been a fan of the English game. 

That's because a youthful Zlatan, who was starring for Malmo FF, once described English football as 'crap'. 

As you can see in the clip from 'Becoming Zlatan', Hans Mattisson, who was the captain of the Swedish outfit, asked the forward what he thought of the English game. 

His response was truly entertaining and it's safe to say that he held absolutely no desire to move to the Premier League. 

He did, however, make it quite clear that his intention was to move to Italy. That, of course, transpired with the striker having starred for the trio of Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan throughout his fruitful career.

United fans will certainly learn a lot about their new signing over the coming weeks and months, but the 'Becoming Zlatan' documentary gives a much clearer indication of the type of player United have secured. 

Zlatan success 

From his debut with Malmo back in 1999 to signing for Juventus in 2005, the erratic player well and truly went on a quite beautiful yet topsy-turvy journey. It's a truly magical story and it outlines exactly how the striker has become the global superstar that he is today.

The Community Shield represented the 31st trophy of Zlatan's career and there's every chance that he will lead the Red Devils to even more success this season. Approaching his 35th birthday, the forward is showing no signs of slowing down. 

Becoming Zlatan will be available on DVD and download from August 15. 


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