David Beckham reveals what Zlatan Ibrahimovic does when he loses

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played for some of the most illustrious clubs in European football during his impressive career.

In doing so, the veteran Swede has left an impression on a whole host of top-class teammates. One of those is former England and Manchester United star David Beckham.

And Beckham was amongst those who paid tribute to his former Paris Saint-Germain teammate this week when Zlatan was named Sweden’s Player of the Year. In doing so, though, the former Red Devils number seven revealed a little insight into what Ibrahimovic is like when things don't go quite as well.

Ibrahimovic has always been a player who plays with his heart of his sleeve and isn't afraid to show his emotions - when things are going well, or when things are going against him and his team.

His outspoken (sometimes arrogant) personality is part of what has made the current Manchester United striker one of the best prolific forwards in the game in recent years.

However, it is this same character that reminds Beckham of his own children when Zlatan winds up on the losing side of any game.

"He is one of those players that always wants to win," Beckham said in a specially recorded video message at the Player of the Year event.

"It doesn't matter whether we were playing in an important game in the French league. Whether we were playing on the training field. He wanted to win.

"And if he wasn't winning he was like one of my children. He would get upset. He would get angry. He would lose it.

"Not that my kids lose it...but Zlatan does. So, for me, he is a winner."

With spells at AC Milan, Barcelona, Inter and PSG on his CV, there haven't been too many occasions during Ibrahimovic's career where he has had to handle defeats on a regular basis.

Although, coming up against some of the world's best players in training might have led to a few hissy fits judging by Beckham's comments.

Still, it is that desire to win that has made the Swedish striker such a threat over the years, and United fans will be hoping that passion for victory can help kickstart their season.

Beckham wasn't just speaking this week to make fun of his former teammate's childlike behaviour, however.

In the video below, the England icon also spoke about Ibrahimovic's one-of-a-kind talent as well as picking out his favourite ever goal scored by the 35-year-old.

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