They were teammates at Manchester United. They did not seem to be the best of friends, but the relationship, at least from a distance, seemed cordial. Things changed in Italy. While the feeling was that they were being digitally provoked for fun, the dispute between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku took it to the next level last January in a Coppa Italia duel.
To put them a bit more in context, there is a short timeline on the piques between AC Milan’s 11th and Internazionale’s 9th. Today came a sharp and forceful blow from the Belgian, after Inter sealed the Scudetto for the 2020/21 season.
THE DISPUTES BETWEEN ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC AND ROMELU LUKAKU
➔ February 9, 2020. Zlatan Ibrahimovic played his first post-return to Europe Derby della Madonnina. AC Milan started out winning, with Ibra scoring and assisting. However, the neroazzurros They turned it around and ended up winning 2-4. Lukaku scored the last goal for Conte’s men. And to celebrate, in clear reference to the Nordic battering ram, he posted: “There is a new king in town.”
➔ October 18, 2020. Ibrahimovic kept the secret of his former teammate. And a few months ago, after his imperial performance in a 2-1 against Inter in Serie A, he replied to Romelu: “Milan never had a king, they have a GOD.”
➔ January 26, 2021. Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic starred in a tremendous verbal confrontation in the Derby della Madonnina that was played in the quarterfinals of the Coppa Italia. The initial row was between the Belgian and Alessio Romagnoli, but the fast Viking giant entered the scene. The brawl lasted a couple of minutes. They faced each other, said everything, and the referee admonished both. Then, as this occurred in the final stretch of the first part, they met again – and to say everything once again – on the way to the locker room.
With no fans in the stadium due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several of the things that were shouted were heard. Ibra, for example, released a: “Go do your voodoo shit, you little donkey. You are a little donkey. Go do your voodoo shit ”. Lukaku replied insistently: “Let’s go inside, bitch.” And this caused Sweden’s top scorer to reply with a: “Call your mother and do your voodoo shit. Call your mother. Call her “.
The all-time top scorer of the Belgian national team was losing his emotional balance to the phrases / laughter of his former colleague and, on the way to the tunnel, he shouted: “I fuck you and your wife, bitch. Son of a bitch ”. Why did Lukaku get so hot? Well, the 39-year-old striker said several things about his mother. Therefore the offensive pillar black and blue pronounced: “Do you want to talk about my mother? Do you want to talk about my mother? “.
Zlatan -probably- raised the voodoo issue because Farhad Moshiri, Everton’s majority shareholder, went so far as to state that Big Rom He did not want to accept the renewal offer that the Liverpool city club made him for his mother, who, by some voodoo message, would have told him that he had to leave there and sign for Chelsea (just like the blues They didn’t buy him back and he ended up joining Manchester United). This version was denied by Lukaku’s environment, but perhaps Ibra took it because he knew it was something that could annoy the one born in 1993.
The discussion did not go to the physical field and, in the second half, there was no option that the mess would grow because Zlatan Ibrahimovic left expelled (double yellow: the first for the fight with Lukaku and the second for an entry on Kolarov). Inter ended up coming back (2-1) the goal scored by the Malmö monster, qualifying for the Coppa Italia semi-finals. So the outcome was happy for Romelu (penalty score included).
THE VERY DIRECT INDIRECT FROM ROMELU LUKAKU TO ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC
➔ May 3, 2021. One day after Inter secured the Serie A 2020/21 title, Romelu Lukaku wrote this on his digital platforms: “The royal God has crowned the King. Now bow down. The King of Milan ”. A very direct hint for Ibra. And so it was interpreted by hundreds of fans. Some celebrated the message of RL9, and there were those who reminded him of the extensive record of the Benjamin Button of football.
At the career level, Romelu Lukaku doesn’t have much to do against Zlatan Ibrahimovic. But in this specific clash, the one with the upper hand is the 27-year-old striker. Things as they are.
Undefeated data. Romelu Lukaku registers 21 goals and 10 assists in 33 games played in this Serie A with Inter. Fundamental for the Giuseppe Meazza club to break the 11-year drought without a league trophy.
Did you know…? Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently renewed with AC Milan. He will turn 40 years old and will continue to compete in the highest level of football. Legendary striker.