Yet another insight into the unique mind of the Swedish striker.
Marco Verratti has claimed Paris Saint Germain talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic claimed to be Jesus Christ himself to inspire the French side to their Ligue 1 title in 2013.
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Speaking with FourFourTwo, Verratti recalls the Parc des Princes side were lacking faith that they could achieve their first league title since 1994.
The 22 year old Italian told the magazine: “Before winning the 2012/13 league title, we were getting ready to play against Lyon.
“Carlo Ancelotti was a bit tense, so Ibra approached him and asked him if he believed in Jesus. Ancelotti said yes, so Ibra told him: ‘Good, so you believe in me. You can relax!’ Zlatan is like this – he has a lot of self-confidence. This helps him to be a great player.”
A statement which perhaps surprises no-one particularly with a star who’s personal slogan is “Dare to Zlatan”.
Yet maybe it is divine intervention with Verratti claiming Ibra’s excellence in front of goal has got even his team-mates in awe.
“We are starting to get used to the amazing goals he scores,” Verratti tells FFT. “Some of the plays you see him do during a match – they don’t just happen. He works on everything in training. He has a co-ordination and creativity that very few players have. Even Ibra has got us used to his amazing goals!”