Paris Saint-Germain dropped their first points in this season's Champions League on Tuesday evening when they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Anderlecht. The Belgians looked like they might snatch a win until The Mighty Zlatan Ibrahimovic rode in to save the day on his metaphorical ninja unicorn to bag a 70th-minute equalizer.
After the match, a few Anderlecht players revealed that the Swedish striker used more than just his power, agility and enchanting musk to gain the advantage: he also likes to trash talk. The Guardian has quotes that USMNT midfielder Sacha Kljestan gave to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad:
"After a perfectly normal challenge, Ibra turned to me and provoked me, making a joke about my moustache, saying: 'That really is terrible.'"
It seems wrong to mock a man for his face fuzz during Movember — even if it is a permanent fixture — but fortunately, Kljestan had a burn of his own lined up:
"I responded by saying that he should think about his nose."
Sounds like someone has been taking Zlatan zing (Zlinging?) advice from Joey Barton.
Clearly, Anderlecht's players were not afraid to give Ibra a retort, but Kljestan's colleague Olivier Deschacht told the newspaper that he was cautious not to take things too far as he "didn't want to make him angry so that he would score four goals again." This, of course, is what happened when The Zlatan was enraged in Belgium in October:
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