Zlatan Ibrahimovic Explains Reason for Fallout With Pep Guardiola at Barcelona

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Explains Reason for Fallout With Pep Guardiola at Barcelona

Chukwu Ikechukwu
October 3, 2023 at 11:07 AM
  • A Ferrari caused the fallout between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Pep Guardiola
  • Ibrahimovic joined Barcelona in 2009 but spent one year with the Catalans
  • The Swede has featured for many top clubs such as Inter Milan and Juventus

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Pep Guardiola have not seen eye-to-eye since the former AC Milan forward and the Manchester City manager fell out during their time at Barcelona.

The Sweden international joined the Catalan club amid much fanfare in 2009, but a public falling out with then-head coach, Guardiola turned his Barcelona dream into a nightmare.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Pep Guardiola had a public fallout during the Sweden international's stint with Barcelona in 2009. Photo by Lluis Gene
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In a recent interview published by Barca Universal, Ibrahimovic disclosed his Ferrari played a key role in his fallout with the Spanish manager after their first meeting following his transfer in 2009.

"When I met Pep Guardiola, he told me: 'Remember, the players here do not come with Ferraris.' What did I do? Of course. I brought my Ferrari."

From then on, things between Zlatan and Guardiola only got worse, finally leading to his departure to AC Milan on loan a year later before later completing his switch to the Serie A giants on a permanent basis.

Ibrahimovic wants ten Hag fired at Man United

Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic has questioned Erik ten Hag's future at Manchester United amid the Premier League club's mounting crisis under the Dutch manager this season, Daily Mirror reports.

The former Ajax coach has presided over a disastrous start to the season, with the Red Devils losing four of their first seven EPL games, including the weekend's embarrassing loss at Old Trafford to Crystal Palace.

Ibrahimovic believes ten Hag is not the right man to lead Manchester United back to their glory days following his arrival last summer, which is still yet to yield any dividend for the Old Trafford club.

Ibrahimovic reveals best-ever bicycle kick

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Ibrahimovic comparing his remarkable acrobatic goal against England to Cristiano Ronaldo's sensational bicycle kick against Juventus.

The veteran Swede acknowledged the Portuguese star's effort in 2018 surpassed his own, conceding to a fan that it was a superior rendition of his amazing bicycle kick.

During his stint with Real Madrid, Ronaldo delivered a goal to be remembered for generations, playing a pivotal role in his team's emphatic 3-0 triumph over Juventus.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..
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