Zlatan Ibrahimovic knows one or two things about controversial moments in football.
The AC Milan striker has gained something of a reputation for his fiery attitude in the beautiful game with his career having been littered with red cards, heated clashes and brutal challenges.
However, one of the most infamous moments in Ibrahimovic’s career involved a player who was perhaps even more well-known for becoming involved in incidents of footballing notoriety than him.
Materazzi vs Ibrahimovic
We are, of course, talking about Marco Materazzi, who is arguably most famous to football fans of a younger generation for being on the receiving end of Zinedine Zidane’s World Cup final head-butt.
But if you were to ask the former Italy defender what the most painful clash of his football career truly was, then there’s good reason to think that he’d actually pick Ibrahimovic over Zidane.
That’s because ‘Matrix’ felt the full brunt of a Taekwondo-like challenge from the Swedish striker during the first Milan Derby of the 2010/11 season in Serie A. Naturally.