Zlatan Ibrahimovic Slams Cristiano Ronaldo for Calling Juventus Switch a “Challenge”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Slams Cristiano Ronaldo for Calling Juventus Switch a "Challenge"

LA Galaxy striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has taken a swing at Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, dismissing the Portuguese’s claim that he moved to Juventus because he fancied a new “challenge”.


Having enjoyed nine hugely successful years with Real Madrid. Ronaldo, 33, moved to Turin in the summer of 2018. The £99.2m move broke the internet, with many criticizing Real Madrid for their lack of respect towards club legends.

However, speaking in an interview, Ronaldo clarified that the move was instigated by his knack for taking on new “challenges.” To top his spicy interview off, he also urged his longtime rival and fellow five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi, to leave his “comfort zone” and “experience new things”.

“I’d like him to come to Italy one day,” said Ronaldo, as quoted by BBC.
“I hope he accepts the challenge like me, but if he’s happy there then I respect that.”
Asked if he missed the Barcelona skipper, Ronaldo added: “No, maybe it’s him who misses me.”
“I’ve played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal and for my national team, while he’s still in Spain.”
“Maybe he needs me more. For me, life is a challenge, I like it and I like to make people happy.”
“He’s a fantastic player and a good guy, but I don’t miss anything here. This is my new life and I’m happy.”
“I left my comfort zone and took on this challenge here in Turin. Everything has gone well, I’ve proven I’m still an incredible player,” Ronaldo concluded.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has now called Ronaldo out on his comments, insisting that playing for the Serie A holders is no challenge for the Portugal international.
Discussing Ronaldo’s move, the former Sweden international, who scored 26 goals for the Bianconeri between 2004 and 2006, said: “Ronaldo talks about challenges but he decided to go to a club who have been winning the Serie A title with their eyes closed.”

“Why did he not choose a club from a second division a few years ago? Try to become a champion with such a second-division [club] and lead them to the highest level.”

“Moving to Juventus is not a challenge at all,” he concluded.

The ‘real’ reason behind Ronaldo’s move probably will always remain a mystery, but the way the former Manchester United winger has settled in at Juve is truly commendable. In only 19 Serie A appearances, the former Real Madrid man has netted 14 goals and contributed a further 5 assists for Juve, emerging as the league’s leading scorer.

10 most controversial quotes by footballers and coaches

Ribery

“Let’s start with the envious, the angry, surely born because of a broken condom,” reads a post on Frank Ribery’s Twitter account. “F*** your mothers, your grandmothers, and your whole family tree,” wrote the Bayern Munich star.


The French winger malfunctioned verbally and put a string of angry posts on Twitter and Instagram on Saturday aimed at those who had slammed him for eating the golden steak in a famous restaurant and uploading a video online. All across the globe, football is massively popular. In fact, it is the most popular sport worldwide. Almost half the population of the globe can be considered football fans.

 

Like Ribery’s outburst, we’ve created the following collection of controversial football quotes. Enjoy!

Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Pep Guardiola

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“When you buy me, you are buying a Ferrari. If you drive a Ferrari you put premium petrol in the tank, you hit the motorway and you step on the gas. [Pep] Guardiola filled up with diesel and took a spin in the countryside. He should have bought a Fiat.”

 

Jose Mourinho on Arsene Wenger

“I think [Arsene Wenger] is one of these people who is a voyeur. He likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. He speaks, speaks, speaks about Chelsea.”

 

Mario Balotelli on Jack Wilshere

“Jack who? No, I don’t know him but the next time I play against Arsenal I will keep a close eye on him. Perhaps I can show him the Golden Boy trophy and remind him that I won it.”

 

Maradona to Argentine Media

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“To those who did not believe: now suck my d**k – I’m sorry ladies for my words – and keep on sucking it. I am either white or black. I will never be grey in my life. You treated me as you did. Now keep on sucking d**ks. I am grateful to my players and to the Argentinian people. I thank no one but them. The rest, keep on sucking d**ks.”

 

Roy Keane on Mick McCarthy

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“Who do you think you are having meetings about me? You were a crap player and you are a crap manager. The only reason I have any dealings with you is that somehow you are the manager of my country and you’re not even Irish you English c***!”

 

Sir Alex Ferguson on Jose Mourinho

“I would never think a guy who hasn’t played a game could be a top coach but then you’ve got to look at his personality. He’s got a marvelous, strong personality and that bridges that gap.”

“I remember his first press conference [at Chelsea, in 2004] and I thought: ‘Christ, he’s a cocky b******, him’. He was telling the players: ‘Look, I’m the special one, we don’t lose games.”

 

Arsene Wenger on Sir Alex Ferguson

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On Alex Ferguson’s claim that Manchester United were a better side than Arsenal in 2002: “Everyone thinks they have the prettiest wife at home.”

“I had very, very, very heated moments with Sir Alex Ferguson but today I am very happy to see him and we share a good glass of red wine.”

 

Paolo Di Canio on English Football

“Doping in English football is restricted to lager and baked beans with sausages. After which the players take to the field, belching and farting. English football culture is one of pure, intense competition, and that’s why I have always preferred it to Italy.”

 

Wayne Rooney on Cristiano Ronaldo

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“In the time I’ve been playing with Ronnie, the one thing I’ve noticed about him is that he can’t walk past his reflection without admiring it, even if we’re about to play a game of football.”

George Best on Beckham

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“He cannot kick with his left foot, he cannot head a ball, he cannot tackle and he doesn’t score many goals. Apart from that, he’s all right.”

5 lesser Know facts about Zlatan Ibrahimovic

5 lesser Know facts about Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic isn’t a Player, sometimes it’s hard to believe he’s human. 36 Years Old and banging in Goals with the agility of a 20-Year-Old and he’s probably more confident than the entire Swedish Population’s belief in themselves. 


It’s only Natural to want to know more about the Swedish Legend and your wish is my command. The Swede is Dominating at LA Galaxy at the age of 37 and age is just a number for him. So here are 5 lesser-known Facts about ageless goal machine Zlatan Ibrahimovic. 

 

1. Has a Burger in Paris named after him

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a fan favorite at Paris St Germain and one Parisian went on to name a Burger after the Swede. A burger named ‘Le Zlatan’ can be found at owner Jean-Philippe Grandin’s Cafe and it contains three different layers of a variety of cheese along with 600 grams of Meat. Sounds like a Heavy Burger but is probably similar to Zlatan’s Personality when it comes to richness. Next time you’re in Paris, grab a Le Zlatan!

 

2. Religious Beliefs

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s father is of Bosnian descent and is a Muslim while his Mother is a Catholic who originally hails from Croatia. Even though Zlatan is a Catholic by religion, given the man’s personality and his sheer stature is enough to make people believe that he is God. I’m kidding….. But isn’t that hard to believe is it?

 

3. Unique Champions League Record

It is a known fact that Zlatan Changes Clubs like he changes Clothes and though he may have found more success having stayed at one Club for a long period of time the constant switching did have an advantage. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the only player to have scored for six different Clubs in the Champions League. He has scored for Inter, Milan, Barcelona, Ajax, Juventus and Manchester United but coincidentally the Swede has failed to win the Coveted title.

 

4. The Secret behind those epic Flying Kicks

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a Black Belt! Zlatan attended “Malmö Taekwondo club Enighet” as a kid, Zlatan didn’t compete professionally but now we know where he learnt the basics of his insane bicycle and Scissor kicks. Though he didn’t actually finish his Taekwondo training, Zlatan was still awarded an honorary Black Belt for his achievements in Football.

 

5. “To Zlatan”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is Undoubtedly the most popular Personality in Sweden, Sorry Pewdiepie you lose out here as well. The Swedish Record Goalscorer is highly admired and the Swedish Language Council included the word “To Zlatan” in the Swedish Dictionary in 2013 which means to Dominate. What an absolute honor!

5 great scorers who never won the football World Cup

For a footballer, there is nothing quite like winning the World Cup for the country. Many of the game’s most iconic players like Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, have had the privilege of winning the World Cup. 


However, there are plenty of all-time great scorers of the game who have never won soccer’s most coveted prize. There are some amazing football players, the greatest scorers of football, who could never win the World Cup trophy and while this doesn’t mean they aren’t legends, it does leave us with a strong feeling of what it ‘could have been’. Here is a list of 5 such players.

 

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Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

One of the greatest scorers of football, Cristiano Ronaldo has won the UEFA Euro Cup with Portugal in 2016, three Premier League titles, two La Liga titles, the Champions League five times, and the Ballon d’Or five times. One of the most decorated players in the game’s history is missing one major accomplishment, that is, the World Cup. He will be 37 by the time Qatar World Cup is played and it seems unlikely that he will participate in the tournament, even if Portugal qualifies. 

 

 

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Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Lionel Messi’s Argentina were beaten 4-3 by France in the last 16 in 2018 World Cup, and having prematurely retired from international football in 2016, this is likely to be the 31-year-old’s last World Cup appearance. The closest he came to lifting the World Cup came in 2014, an extra-time defeat by Germany in Brazil. If our worst fears turn out to be true, Lionel Messi will not be playing the next World Cup and hence it will be the trophy that ‘the best player to play the game’, would never be able to lay his hands on. 

 

 

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Ferenc Puskas (Hungary)

Losing the World Cup final to West Germany with the Hungary team in 1954 was one of Ferenc Puskas’ most disappointing moments in his professional soccer career. Playing until he was 39, the top-level player scored 514 club goals within 530 appearances. Regarded to be one of the greatest of all time, Puskas career as a forward was one of the most memorable ones to date. During the 1954 World Cup, he was named the best player of the tournament without winning the Cup, which is still regarded to be one of the biggest World Cup upsets. Plus, he won three out of the five European Cups he attended in eight years, as well as five straight La Liga titles.

 

 

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Eusebio (Portugal)

Eusebio played in one World Cup, but made his mark, scoring a tournament-high nine goals and leading Portugal to a third-place finish in 1966. The Mozambican-born Portuguese forward scored an unbelievable 423 goals in 431 appearances at club level and another 41 for the Portuguese national team. Most known for his technique, speed, and spot-on shot, Eusebio was an incredible goal scorer and a groundbreaking athlete. Nicknamed Black Panther, Eusebio is still Portugal’s most renowned player.

 

 

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)

Zlatan played his football for the European giants like Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, A.C. Milan, PSG and Manchester United. One of the prolific scorers in the history of the game, Ibrahimovic also has netted 62 goals for his native Sweden, but unfortunately, there was never enough talent around him to make winning a World Cup a possibility. With Ibrahimovic, Sweden did not qualify for the World Cup in 2010 and 2014 and it’s only strange that without him, they have reached the quarterfinal this time. He participated in the 2002 and 2006 World Cup, as well, but the team could only make it to the round of 16, both the times.

 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Wins MLS Goal of the Year

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Wins MLS Goal of the Year LAFC

The Swedish Legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic has won the Major League Soccer Goal of the Season award and has also been named the MLS Newcomer of the Year.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic won the award for his sensational 40-Yard strike against LAFC, which was incidentally the 37-Year-Old’s debut game for Galaxy. The Goal holds particular relevance as LA Galaxy were trailing Rivals LAFC 2-3 and Ibrahimovic’s ‘Missile’ shot completely dumbfounded the Goalkeeper to make it 3-3. LAFC Goalkeeper Tyler Miller took a Free-Kick from the edge of the box and after an aerial duel and some confusion, the ball landed perfectly for Zlatan who hit it with some venom to score his Debut MLS Goal.

What capped his debut off in even more exciting fashion is the fact that Zlatan went on to win that game for LA Galaxy with a stoppage-time goal, wrapping up an excellent 4-3 Win to announce himself in the MLS. Eight months later as the Season is coming to a close Zlatan Ibrahimovic has proved that though he’s 37-Years-Old he is no pushover and the 22 Goals he’s scored in 27 appearances is a testament to that fact.

Incidentally, Zlatan’s 500th Career Goal was also up for Nomination, A Karate Kick scored against Toronto FC. Galaxy Midfielder Giovani Dos Santos Put in a looping lob into the box and though the angle was a difficult one for Zlatan he pulled out the Karate Kick and scored an absolute blinder capturing everyone’s attention. See For yourself. 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, even at 37-Years-Old is one of the most consistent and lethal goalscorers in World Football. Sure, his attitude may come off as cocky and problematic at times but he is a Player with immense experience and an incredibly consistent goalscoring record that will undoubtedly put most Modern day strikers to shame.

There were a few reports linking Ibrahimovic to Spanish giants Real Madrid and though Santiago Solari has stabilized the ship in the Spanish Capital having someone like Zlatan may not hurt. Though it will only be a short-term solution it may be an effective one as Ibrahimovic can fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo, in terms of personality. There seems to be no Leader in that Real Madrid Camp who would stand up and Say “I’ll win the game for us” and Ibrahimovic may just give the Los Blancos the extra push they need to come back to winning ways.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores his 500th career goal in style

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores his 500th career goal in style

Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted his 500th career goal in a dramatic fashion on Saturday in the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 5-3 loss to Toronto FC in the MLS.

There have been countless extraordinary goals in the Zlatan’s career and the 500th one was up there among the best. 

Playing for MLS side LA Galaxy, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the 500th goal of his career for club and country on Saturday in fittingly bizarre fashion. The 36-year-old Swedish striker found the net with a roundhouse kick on the volley from Jonathan dos Santos‘ lofted pass into the box in the 43rd minute to reach the milestone. The fans were in awe as Ibrahimovic latched onto a ball dropping over his head, spun and flicked it into the net in an outlandish yet glorious manner.

Los Angeles Galaxy were 3-0 down at the time but Ibrahimovic’s goal fueled a raging Galaxy comeback that saw a tie game by the 58th minute. However, Toronto FC responded with two more goals to win 5-3.

The outspoken Swede joins the two legends of the game Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only active players with 500 goals for club and country.

The majority of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goals have come in club competition from spells in Holland, Italy, Spain, France, England and now in the United States where he has scored 17 goals in 18 league games. Over his illustrious club career, he has scored for Paris Saint-Germain (156 goals), Inter Milan (66), AC Milan (56), Ajax (48), Manchester United (29), Juventus (26), Barcelona (22), Malmo (18) and now LA Galaxy (17).

In the international platform, he has scored 62 goals in 116 appearances for Sweden.

Despite the loss, Zlatan Ibrahimovic recognized his major achievement on Twitter with his usual grandeur. The veteran striker marked the occasion tweeting the number 500 along with a picture proclaiming himself as the “God of goals”.

You do you Zlatan!

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first MLS hat trick hits the headlines

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's first MLS hat trick hits the headlines

The 36-year-old Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s move to LA Galaxy was a statement one for both the parties. The Swedish striker wanted to remain in the mix, and for the club, they wanted a superstar name after David Beckham.

This unique need for deed for both the sides have been fruitful thus far, with the striker scoring some decisive goals. However, the latest of his stint at the club would be the start of the future. The 36-year-old netted a hattrick that included a header and two shots in the second half of the game.

A first hattrick for the Swede:

His first hattrick in the Major League Soccer was in a winning cause, as the Galaxy side came back from behind to win 4-3 against Orlando City on Sunday. The big Swede scored all of his goals in a 24-minute period in the second half.

Earlier in the game, Zlatan provided an assist to Giovani dos Santos which led to Galaxy’s first goal in the game. Earlier in the game, Cristian Higuita had given Orlando the lead. LA Galaxy are now unbeaten in their past nine matches and are third in the Western Conference.

Zlatan’s diving efforts in the second half tied the scoreline at 3-3 before he hit the winner a few minutes later in the game. In his first season in the MLS, the striker has scored 15 goals, which is a good number for a debutant in the league.

A miss to the all-star game:

However, the Swede is set to miss the all-star game between MLS and Juventus in the next week. LA Galaxy added that the former Manchester United forward will miss out due to playing three matches in a week prior to the match, and also because of the increased traveling involved.

“I am disappointed to miss the 2018 All-Star Game against Juventus, one of my former clubs,” Ibrahimovic said to the LA Galaxy website. “I want to thank the fans for voting me to the team. My main focus is to score goals and help the LA Galaxy to the playoffs.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic “Lions don’t compare themselves with Humans”

Zlatan Ibrahamovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one among those in this fast-paced sporting world where football is regarded to be on of the greatest sport to be played. In a world where football has been able to create an impact on our day-to-day lives since it is worshiped and considered as a religion of some sorts due to its enormous fan following and support; Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of those players who has a major impact on football itself. Zlatan is well-known for is his raw power, his agility and his masterful ball handling skills on the field and the exhibition of his charming hubris on and off the field. Zlatan’s intense, overconfident and arrogant personality often attracts constant criticism over the media. Zlatan uses social media such as Twitter and Instagram as a platform to entertain his fans by praising himself with the now world-famous slogan “Zlatan is God”.

 

Early Life

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was born to a Muslim Bosnian father, Serfik Ibrahimovic and to a Catholic Croatian Mother, Jurka Gravic.  Zlatan was brought up in an environment that was rather harsh as his family barely managed to provide the basic necessities essential for his upbringing. Born and raised in Malmo Sweden, Zlatan was introduced to the game of football at the tender age of six. During early teen years Zlatan manages to play around in a few clubs in Malmo, however, he managed to play for his hometown club Malmo FF on a regular basis.

 

International Career

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is an excellent footballer that hails from Sweden, who represented his country as Captain from 2011 to 2016 when he retired from playing International  Football. However, Zlatan now plays for the American Club Los Angeles Galaxy in the Major League Soccer (MLA), League in America. Zlatan played in the 2002 and 2006 world cup for Sweden. The 2002 world cup was a tragedy for Sweden as they were eliminated in the early stage of the tournament. Soon after that, Zlatan rose to fame in Sweden when he helped Sweden qualify for the UEFA European League in 2004. When it was time for eh 2006 world cup Sweden underperformed by only making it to the round of 16 stage of the world cup. However, Zlatan was able to reveal his presence as he led Sweden to a victory of 7-0 in the 2006 world cup against Malta scoring 4 amazing goals that introduced the world to a future star who would later have a net worth of $160 million.

Zlatan has set the standard when it comes to representing his national team in international football. With more than 100 appearances for the Swedish team and his impressive record of scoring more than 50 goals, Zlatan has earned the honor of being the top goal scorer in Sweden. His impressive performance enabled him to obtain the Golden Ball Award; a Swedish honorary award for a total of 11 times over the course of his time playing for Sweden. His formidable personality allows him to mend the tone of the game to his will as he radiates the confidence that in turn modulates the pace of the game on the field to his advantage. Furthermore, his precision in skill and power with the ball compliments his personality to provide a rather unique kind of footballer. Due to his impressive record and performance, he was named one of the top 3 footballer in the world by the Guardian after the two football icons, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

 

Club Career

Zlatan has had a rather spectacular career representing multiple major football clubs over the course of his ongoing football career. Starting his club career in the late 90s, he played for Malmo FF where he managed to up-skill the team as a whole and then began his major league career when he was bought by AFC Ajax, where his ability in skill grew and his performance improved shaping him to be the player he is today. After his time playing for AFC Ajax he transferred to Juventus in 2004 where he led his team to stunning victories in many instances. Later on, in late 2000 he played for major clubs such as Barcelona, A.C Milan, and Paris Saint-Germain. After switching through clubs he was signed to Manchester United to play in the English Premier League in 2016. During his time playing for Manchester United, he scored an astonishing total of 20 goals throughout the tournament.

 

New Club

Zlatan was later signed to the five-time MLS Cup Champions, the La Galaxy in March 2018 after an outstanding career representing his Swedish National Team and other clubs throughout Europe. Zlatan began his debut with the La Galaxy with a bang as he scored an outrageously astonishing goal to help the team tie LAFC 3-3 followed by a classic Zlatan finish to claim victory with a score of 4-3 for the La Galaxy against LAFC.