Cape Town - Schalke
defender Benjamin Stambouli has revealed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic
reacted angrily to being called the 'King of Paris' claiming that he
was, in fact, God.
The pair played together at PSG during the 2015/16 season and the
Manchester United striker left a notable impression on the former
"We were at physiotherapy and news was on TV," Stambouli told Goal. "Zlatan asked me to translate it because there was something about him on.
"So I explained that they said that Zlatan is the King of Paris. I
thought he would be happy about it, because it's great that the people
love him so much.
"But he was different. He was very angry and shouted at me: 'What the
f***? I'm not the king, I'm god!' This guy is totally crazy."
However, the 27-year-old claimed that life was not all fun and games
with the Swedish star, but gave a glowing character reference when asked
what was special about him.
"His character, his strength on the pitch and his leadership. He is
an incredible person that reads situations faster than everybody else,"
"Zlatan is very clever and tests you in every situation, only to
analyse you. He loves to play things with you and is able to control
some people this way."
The other trait that stood out to the Frenchman was Ibrahimovic's competitive spirit.
"Zlatan wants to win every single time," he said. "It doesn't matter
if it's on the pitch or when we try to throw plastic bottles into the
bin. Zlatan would do everything to win.
"When he was at PSG, he was the king of Paris and had already won a
lot of trophies, but he was still hungry to win. He wants to win every
day and wants to win everything you can win."
The 36-year-old has endured a difficult season at Old Trafford after
returning from a long-term knee injury, playing just 119 minutes of
football in all competitions for Jose Mourinho's side.