They Said It

They said it: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Paris' Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic gestures during a French Ligue Cup football match between Bordeaux (FCGB) and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is certainly not the type to keep a low profile, whether on or off the pitch. The 32-year-old Swedish striker's nomadic career has taken in several heavyweights, from Ajax to Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG. He has racked up numerous trophies along the way, including league titles in four different countries, and has a special knack for scoring spectacular goals from seemingly impossible positions. Ibracadabra's on-pitch wizardry is perhaps matched only by the entertainment he provides when placed in front of a microphone. A master of sound bites, his confidence, sharp wit and sense of sarcasm make for an irresistible combination. looks back at some of the charismatic forward's most memorable quotes.

"Arsene [Wenger] gave me the famous red and white jersey – the No9 shirt with Ibrahimovic on it – and I was so pleased I even posed for a picture wearing it. He never actually made me a serious offer, it was more, 'I want to see how good you are, what kind of player you are. Have a trial.' I couldn't believe it. I was like, 'No way, Zlatan doesn't do auditions'."
**Discussing how close he came to joining Arsenal from his first club, Swedish outfit Malmo.

"What Carew does with a football, I can do with an orange."
The Swedish international responding to Norway striker John Carew's suggestions that his flicks and tricks were "pointless" in the run-up to a meeting between the two countries in 2002.

"I haven't met her yet. But when I do, I'll date her."
When asked to name the world's most beautiful woman.

"I can play in the 11 positions because a good player can play anywhere."
On his ability and versatility.

"Swedish style? No. Yugoslavian style? Of course not. It has to be Zlatan-style."
Downplaying the influence of his background on the way he plays.

"I am the greatest too! Wait, is that even possible? All right, then: I'm the greatest after Ali."
Zlatan's take on boxing legend Muhammad Ali's famous quote.

"First I went left; he did too. Then I went right and he did too. Then I went left again and he went to buy a hot dog."
Ibrahimovic describing how he twisted Liverpool defender Stephane Henchoz inside out.

"I can't help but laugh at how perfect I am."
Modest as ever.

"If I'd gone into taekwondo, I'd probably have won several Olympic medals."
Zlatan gained a black belt in taekwondo as a teenager, which helps explain some of his martial arts-like moves on the pitch.

"An injured Zlatan is a pretty serious thing for any team."
On his importance for the various clubs he has played for.

"Nothing, she already has Zlatan."
When quizzed about what he had bought his wife for her birthday.

"It's good that Balotelli compares himself to me, because I don't compare myself to him."
The Swede's retort to Mario Balotelli's comment that "comparing me to Ibrahimovic is a compliment to him".

"When you buy me, you are buying a Ferrari. If you drive a Ferrari you put premium petrol in the tank, you hit the motorway and you step on the gas. Guardiola filled up with diesel and took a spin in the countryside. He should have bought a Fiat."
Ibra's sole season at Barcelona, the 2009/10 campaign, was marred by a tense relationship with then coach Pep Guardiola.

"I think I'm like wine. The older I get, the better I get."
Another vintage one-liner, this time on the ageing process.

"It's true I don't know much about the players here, but they definitely know who I am."
**After moving to Ligue 1 in 2012.

"We're looking for an apartment [in Paris]. If we don't find anything, then I'll probably just buy the hotel."
On being unveiled as a PSG player.

"Who needs a nickname? To be afraid of me, just watch me play"
**Ibra has a none-too-subtle dig at Monaco forward Falcao, nicknamed The Tiger. The Principality club is currently PSG's main rival for Ligue 1 supremacy.

"We were looking through his playlist in the dressing room – there was lots of Justin Bieber, Jonas Brothers and Selena Gomez. It is nice to know that even David Beckham doesn't have good taste in everything."
Ribbing the ex-England star, who played alongside Zlatan at PSG in 2013, for his poor taste in music.

"They should rename the Ballon d'Or after Messi."
Praising his former Barça team-mate, a four-time FIFA Ballon d'Or winner.

"Only God knows who will go through." [When the reporter replies: 'It's hard to ask him'], the player shot back, "You're talking to him."
In the lead-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ play-offs.

"A World Cup without me is nothing to watch, so it is not worth waiting for the World Cup."
Following Sweden's defeat by Portugal in the Brazil 2014 play-offs.

"You can't coach brilliance like that."
On his goal against England, which earned him the 2013 FIFA Puskás Award.

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