Zlatan Ibrahimovic is remembered as a legend in Paris Saint-Germain. And he knows it.
“I came a king, left like a legend,” he declared in May, before his four-year stay at the French giants came to an end.
Ibrahimovic’s PSG career was synonymous with two things: silverware and goals. He won Ligue 1 four times, a couple of Coupe de Frances and the Coupe de la Ligue on three occasions.
He was also Ligue 1’s top goalscorer in 2013, 2014 and 2016, netting a remarkable 38 goals last season. In all competitions, the Swede found the net 50 times in his final season at the Parc des Princes.
The 35-year-old sought a new challenge in the summer, swapping France for England. The reunion with Jose Mourinho, his manager at Inter Milan, has benefited both parties, with Ibrahimovic scoring six goals already this season.
At any other club, Marcus Rashford would probably start for the first team. But Ibrahimovic is proving an immoveable object in the United XI.
At Barcelona, Ibrahimovic played second fiddle to Lionel Messi. But that wasn’t the case in Paris, nor is he beneath anybody at Old Trafford.
His arrival in the French capital in 2012 prompted Kevin Gameiro’s exit. “Ibrahimovic’s arrival certainly did not help,” the Frenchman told Canal Football Club, per Goal.
No interest in partnering Gameiro
Not only did Ibrahimovic force Gameiro’s move to Sevilla, but he was also unwilling to play alongside him.
That is according to L’Equipe who, per French football correspondent Jonathan Johnson, claim the former AC Milan striker had no interest in playing with Gameiro during Carlo Ancelotti’s era.
Gameiro, who signed for Atletico Madrid in July, reportedly laughed when asked about his lack of rapport with Ibrahimovic.
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