Firebrand midfielder opens up on now infamous on-field spat with Zlatan.
Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton is known for getting himself into a few arguments both on and off the pitch, but one of his more famous incidents came when he was on loan with Marseille during the 2012/13 season.
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With Le Classique set to go ahead again this weekend, the former loan star opened up about his own experience of the game and when he had an encounter with PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Following a foul from Zlatan, Barton then proceeded to tell the Swede just how big he thought his nose was, as seen in the video below.
And the midfielder went on to recount what was said between the two players in a hilarious interview with Le 10 Sport.
“Before the game, Elie Baup told me to get under Zlatan’s skin, to stop him from turning too easily and controlling aerial balls from their keeper.
“I was winning loads of free kicks, because he was making foul after foul.
“So he said to me: ‘You play hard, so stay on your feet”, so I told him, laughing ‘Yeah, just stop making stupid fouls.’
“Then he called me an English so-and-so, so I replied:
‘Yeah, I’m English, but you’ve got a huge nose, and I did the gesture showing his huge nose. I didn’t think anyone would notice because the ball was far away, I thought that would be the end of it.
“But then for weeks after, all the kids in Marseille were coming up to me doing the nose gesture! I was like, ‘Whoa, everyone saw!’ It was quite funny.
“As for that moment, Zlatan was surprised, because he’s Zlatan and no one ever says anything to him. But at the end of the day, I just told him the truth: Zlatan is a great player, and he has a huge nose.”
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