A prolific footballer with a knack for scoring outrageous goals, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has enthralled football fans over the years. But, apart from his impeccable football skills, the Swede has also established his reputation as one of the greatest entertainers to have blessed the popular game.
From calling himself the greatest ever to targeting other footballers, Ibrahimovic's wit and humor continues to strike a chord with football fans across the globe. While he might be currently plying his trade in the Major League Soccer (MLS), the 37-year-old keeps close tabs on the footballing world.
Thus, when Cristiano Ronaldo asked his arch-rival Lionel Messi to move away from Barcelona and join a Serie A club in a bid to challenge himself and prove his mettle, the LA Galaxy frontman couldn't stop himself from expressing his views.
Earlier in December when asked if he misses his clash with Messi, Ronaldo replied, “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.”
A month later, Messi, in response to Ronaldo's statement, said: “Accepting Ronaldo's challenge to join Italian football? I don't need any change. I'm at the best team in the world. My challenges are renewed year after year. I do not need to change teams or leagues to set new goals. I am at home and I do not need to change.”
While everyone had their own opinion on both Ronaldo and Messi's comments, Zlatan has now reignited the debate by labelling the former's move to Juventus as “bullshit”.
“Ronaldo's move to Juve? It's bullshit, this isn't a challenge for him. 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,” Ibrahimovic said.
This isn't the first time when the Swede has taken a dig at the Portuguese, earlier he had also called him “not a natural talent'” and didn't include him in his dream team that he shared with his fans last month. And, now, commenting on a thing which doesn't concern him anywhere is something uncalled for. But, then again, that's Zlatan Ibrahimovic for you.
The irony, of course, is that Ibra himself, like Ronaldo, has played for many clubs including Juventus. And, while there has been no official response from Ronaldo on the Swede's comments, we wouldn't be surprised if the Portuguese fires one back at Ibrahimovic to take the argument forward.