The Paris Saint-Germain striker, who is not known for his lack of confidence, told a reporter: “Do you know better than me? Do you know football better than me? Then why are you talking about it?” in an interview following his side's 1-0 victory over Rennes.
Zlatan, who was this week voted Sweden's top male hero in a YouGov poll, then went on to slam the reporter’s credentials, asking why he did not have his own camera man with him. “So it is low-budget?” mocked the footballer.
With more than a million views on YouTube by Tuesday afternoon, the film has become a hit on social media in recent days with criticism and applause flooding in in equal measure.
One YouTube user commented: “Bravo, Zlatan, bravo. And to the people who call him arrogant, well, you are right, but he is a human too and has the right to say what he wants and act the way he wants. If you don’t like him as a role model, don’t make him your role model. “
Zlatan humiliates a journalist, calling him "low budget" https://t.co/hVpeSnupfU
— Football Vines (@FootballVines) February 1, 2015
It is not the first time that Zlatan’s comments have landed him in hot water. When an Italian female reporter dared to question him on his sexuality he said: “Come to my house and you’ll see if I’m gay. Bring your sister.”
And when asked what he was planning on giving his wife for her birthday he famously replied: “Nothing, she already has Zlatan.”