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Benevolent Zlatan Ibrahimovic generously settles dispute between opponents fighting over his shirt

Brooks Peck
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After just five years of existence (and significant investment from Red Bull), RB Leipzig will play in the 2. Bundesliga this season. As exciting that is, it's nothing compared to getting the chance to play a friendly against Zlatan Ibrahimovic (and the rest of PSG), primarily because this brings with it the chance to swap shirts with Him. And two Leipzig players treated this opportunity like parents going for the last Tickle Me Elmo in 1996.

U.S. international Terrence Boyd ended up being the one to get his hands on the divine shirt of Zlatan, but this did not please Leipzig captain Daniel Frahn, who has only been teammates with Boyd for a few short weeks.

From FIFA.com:

When Ibra was subbed during PSG’s 4-2 defeat, opposite captain Daniel Frahn rushed over to get his No10 jersey, only to have his request politely denied by the 32-year-old. “Sorry, but I have promised it to this young man,” said Ibrahimovic as he handed the shirt to Frahn’s new strike partner Terrence Boyd - as seen in the above picture.
"That was disrespectful,” snapped Frahn of Boyd, who explained: "I apologised in the dressing room."

Though Frahn seemed to settle the matter with his new teammate once they were no longer within Zlatan's intoxicating presence, he had no idea that the almighty Swede was coming down from his perch in the heavens (a.k.a. the visitors' dressing room) to charitably bestow peace and abundance upon them.

Fortunately for all involved, as Boyd was apologizing, in walked Ibrahimovic – with another of his jerseys for Frahn. "I had a second, dry jersey with me,” said the Malmo native. “The captain can have this one."

PRAISE BE TO ZLATAN! Only he can turn one shirt into two in order to feed his warring opponents' desire for Zlatan souvenirs and settle their internal disputes. Though the apologies were made, Frahn and Boyd still could have been fighting over this shirt all season, but Zlatan has ensured that they will not be spending the year plotting increasingly dangerous schemes to break into each others' houses to steal it back from one another. This, my friends, is the story of a true Zliracle.

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