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'Full truth' in Zlatan's autobiography
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'Full truth' in Zlatan's autobiography

Published: 03 Nov 2011 16:02 GMT+01:00
Updated: 03 Nov 2011 16:02 GMT+01:00

Sweden’s arguably biggest football star of all times, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is releasing a biography of his journey from a troubled Swedish suburb, to the very top of world football.

The perhaps hottest topic of the book is Ibrahimovic’s disputed crisis during the time he played for coach Pep Guardiola in world champion team Barcelona.

“I yelled at him ‘You have no balls!’ and probably worse things than that,” Ibrahimovic wrote, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“And I added ‘You shit your pants for Mourinho. You can go to hell!’ I was completely insane.”

Ibrahimovic left his Italian club Inter for Spain’s Barcelona in 2009, but the €69 million ($95 million) transfer would soon prove to be all but a perfect deal.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his new coach, Pep Guardiola, often had serious disputes.

After a Champion’s League match agains Villareal, Ibrahimovic confronted his coach after only being allowed five minutes on the field.

And that’s when Zlatan “went insane.”

“If I were Guardiola, I’d have been scared,” Zlatan wrote in the biography, according to Expressen newspaper.

He also admitted thinking about ending his career during his time with world champions Barcelona, where at one point he wasn't even on speaking terms with his coach.

But the book gives more than that, according to the summary on the publisher's web page.

According to Zlatan's publishers, the Albert Bonnier Publishing house, “I am Zlatan” (Jag är Zlatan) will give the “full truth” about Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Not only outlining his upbringing in the troubled district of Rosengård in Malmö, the book will give insights into his years as an extremely successful football player in some of the best club teams in the world.

TT/Joel Linde (news@thelocal.se)

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17:13 November 3, 2011 by Frank Arbach
#"If I were Guardiola, I'd have been scared," Zlatan wrote in the biography#

If I were Guardiola, I'd have transferred him (which he did).

Interesting how (in their last game anyway) Sweden's national side did very nicely thank you without him
17:31 November 3, 2011 by London_Jim
Sounds riveting. Another biography of a kid from a poor family being a talented footballer, becoming obscenely wealthy and letting people know this through rampant consumerism. No doubt drove his Lambourghini through Rosengard back in the early 2000s as an ironic, anti-capitalist protest to show the stark inequalities between the haves and have nots in this world, rather than just the then-perceived showing off it was initially seen as.

Always come across a bit of a bellend irrespective of what club he played for.
17:40 November 3, 2011 by SimonDMontfort
...Now, Now - jealousy will get you nowhere! Lol!

Seriously though - there is a breed of modern footballer who has some ability (to be sure) but also limitations.

These guys recognise that if they can develop almost a 'brand image' (Beckham was the same) then you can be sought after by the mega clubs - even though you have these limitations
19:34 November 3, 2011 by JLondon
All of a sudden Sh*t Sutton releases an Autobiography, now its Zlatan.
21:41 November 3, 2011 by metalhead
"Football" is a professional sport?
03:54 November 4, 2011 by glamelixir
Wait a minute...AUTObiography? Can Zlatan write? wooow, didn't know that, 'cause it sounds like he can't really speak. :P
09:43 November 4, 2011 by Gabin
Visca Barca.-. Visca Catalunya.-.

Ibra good for Malmö.
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