Zlatan Ibrahimovic Disses US Soccer Team, Says They’re “A Big Joke”By: Val Powell - June 18, 2014
Zlatan Ibrahimovic may not be taking part in the World Cup, but that doesn’t mean that he’ll stay quiet during the whole tournament.
Ibrahimovic, a Paris Saint-Germain striker, is taking a short vacation in Los Angeles, and someone from gossip website TMZ spotted him getting out of Boa Steakhouse and conducted a short interview with him.
He was not happy about being stopped on the street just so he could be asked about his thoughts about the World Cup. When asked about his opinion regarding Landon Donovan not being included in Jurgen Klinsmann’s team for the World Cup, he responded with, “It’s his problem.”
The 32-year old was then again asked by the reporter about who he thinks will win the World Cup. The Swedish striker answered with, “The US.” The reporter responded by asking Ibrahimovic if that was a joke, to which he answered, “A big joke.”
His team was not able to enter the top 32 teams and make it to the World Cup this year.
For someone who has said that soccer in the US is “very interesting,” he might need to be more careful about what he says if he is thinking about playing for the country. It is well known that the forward is very outspoken, and this will not really gain him a lot of fans.
Let’s give Ibrahimovic the benefit of the doubt. The interview was done right before US won over Ghana and let’s face it, TMZ might have interfered with a lovely evening for the Swedish-born striker.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a striker for Paris Saint-Germain and is also the captain for the Swedish national team. In the late 1990s, Ibrahimovic started his career with Malmö FF, prior to being signed by Ajax. His playing style has been compared to Marco van Basten, a Dutch legend. He is regarded as one of the best finishers in football and is considered one of the best footballers of his generation.
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