Zlatan Ibrahimovic has spent almost the entirety of his career at the very top, with the AC Milan forward now into his 40s. With him having played for a number of Europe’s biggest clubs, it would be easy to forget his time at Barcelona.
Under Pep Guardiola and alongside Lionel Messi, Ibrahimovic never really settled in Catalonia and was never happy at the Camp Nou.
“I wasn’t happy and had no adrenaline,” Ibrahimovic said, speaking to Radio 105’s Mi Casa. “Adriano Galliani called me and told me that I was going to go to Italy to play for Milan.
“He came to my house and said he wouldn’t leave until I accepted. He’s a gentleman, and with him and [Silvio] Berlusconi I was happy again.”
But his time at the Rossoneri ended on a sour note the first time around. Milan sold a number of important players, and Ibrahimovic was one.
“I was angry when I left Milan,” Ibrahimovic explained. “I didn’t speak to him for eight months. I told him to sell the whole team, but not me.
“He promised he wouldn’t sell me, but then in the summer he explained things to me and sold me to Paris Saint-Germain.”
Ibrahimovic was known for being wild in his younger days, particularly in his dealing with referees. But he believes age has served him well.
“I couldn’t control myself at first,” Ibrahimovic said. “I shouted and attacked them.