Here’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic slapping Xavi on the back of the neck outside the Ballon d’Or Gala

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's love of hitting and kicking his teammates is well documented. So it should come as no surprise that when he spotted former Barcelona teammate Xavi heading into the Ballon d'Or ceremony, he slapped the diminutive midfielder on the back of the neck to get his attention.

Yes, most people would've probably shouted, "Hey, Xavi!" or "Xavi, over here!" (especially at a formal event like this), but Zlatan is not most people. Why use words when you can just smack someone instead?

The two FIFPro World XI inclusions then seemed to have a pleasant conversation with Zlatan holding his hands tightly behind his back in order to resist the urge to slap Xavi over and over again until he admits Jose Mourinho is the greatest manager in the world.

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Brooks Peck is the editor of Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow on Twitter!

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