More from our Zlatan watch

September, 17, 2010

In the latest installment of Zlatan Watch:

•  AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic yells at Arrigo Sacchi on live television.

•  Zlatan randomly karate kicks a teammate in the back.

Last week, the Zlatan Watch reported on Zlatan being (shall we say) unique. More proof emerged this week:

After scoring both goals in Milan's 2-0 win against AJ Auxerre this week, Ibrahimovic was interviewed on live Italian television by Arrigo Sacchi, no less, who led Milan to sustained glory in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Sacchi marveled at Zlatan's first goal, on which he had extended his long legs to tap home a headed-on cross by Ronaldinho.

"You only score because your feet are so big," Sacchi joked.

"That's funny," said Ibrahimovic, who had very clearly not found it funny. "You talk too much and you write too much. If you don't like me you shouldn't watch me play."

All an astonished Sacchi could say in response was that Ibrahimovic was ill-mannered.

Also ill-mannered was Ibrahimovic's behavior during practice the day before the game. As the team huddled up, Ibrahimovic circled the pack, seemingly looking for a target. At length, he decided on Rodney Strasser, a 20-year-old holding midfielder from Sierra Leone trying to break into the squad. Nearing him from behind, Ibrahimovic unleashed a karate kick into Strasser's right shoulder. Stunned, Strasser turned around and gazed into Ibrahimovic's glaring eyes.

Ibrahimovic walked on and celebrated with a laughing Ronaldinho.

Stay tuned for the next Zlatan Watch.

Leander Schaerlaeckens

Contributing writer,
Leander Schaerlaeckens is a contributing writer for He has previously written for The Guardian, The Washington Times and UPI.


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