On his autobiography, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic revealed the biggest brawl he had with one of his teammates during his AC Milan days.
Maybe some of you don’t know, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic has always been a little bit of a troublemaker when it comes to coexisting with his teammates, but he reached his peak when he played for AC Milan.
The Swedish striker was constantly seen as one of those players who was a bully towards some of his teammates, and some of them simply couldn’t take the banter.
During his time at Manchester United, we could see him having a complicated relationship with Eric Bailly, both repeatedly kicked each other and both were good sports about it.
We could also see Zlatan kicking Antonio Cassano directly in the head during his time at AC Milan, but someone at the Rossoneri wasn’t able to take Zlatan’s strong spirits.
American centre-back Oguchi Onyewu, who gained a little notoriety in European football when he played for Standard Liege, was signed by AC Milan in 2009 and he shared a locker room with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The former FC Barcelona star was just coming from his failed attempt at Spanish football and wasn’t in a very good place, this frustration combined with Onyewu not taking any of his banter and both players inevitably collided.
Written in his autobiography, I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the striker detailed his experience with the American player: “No, I retaliate with my body, not with words, and I said that to Oguchi Onyewu as well.”
“He just kept on, and once when I yelled, ‘That was no free-kick!’, he shushed me with his finger, as if to say, See, you’re just talking s**t, and I thought, I’ve had enough, that’s it. ‘You pass it,’ I said.”
“He shushed me again, and I saw red. I didn’t say anything, not a word. That b*****d was going to find out how I trash-talk in these situations, and the next time he got the ball I rushed towards him and jumped up with my feet and studs out in front – the worst type of tackle.”
“But he saw me. He leapt out of the way and we both crashed to the ground, and my first thought was, S**t! I’ve missed. I’ll get him next time.”
“Then as I got up and walked away I felt a blow to my shoulder. Not a good idea, Oguchi Onyewu.”
“I headbutted him, and then we flew at each other. I’m not talking about a little scrap. We wanted to tear each other limb from limb. It was brutal,” he continued.
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“We were two guys who each weighed over 14 stone, and we were rolling round, punching and kneeing each other, and, of course, the whole team rushed over and tried to separate us.”
“That wasn’t easy, not at all. We were crazy and furious, and sure, of course, I admit you need adrenaline on the pitch, you’ve got to do battle. But this crossed the line. It was like life and death.”
“And the weirdest thing happened afterward. Oguchi Onyewu started praying to God with tears in his eyes. He made the sign of the cross, and I thought, What is this? I got even more furious. It felt like a provocation, and at that point Allegri, the manager, came over and said, ‘Calm down, Ibra.'”
“It didn’t do any good. I just moved him out of the way and ran towards Oguchi again. I was stopped by my teammates, and I suppose that was a good thing. It could have turned out nasty,” Zlatan wrote.
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