At the end of the match in which Atalanta thrashed Milan 3-0 as a visitor, The cameras of the production of the match valid for the date 19 of the Italian Serie A caught a few words left over from the Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimović to the Colombian Duván Zapata.
Zlatan, second scorer of the current season, He addressed ‘El Toro’ with a burlesque and humiliating tone referring to the number of goals he has scored as a professional. As is usual for him, his statements on and off the pitch aroused controversy in the world football environment.
The ‘Swedish giant’ took advantage of a pause during the last moments of the match to which the referee Maurizio Mariani had added six minutes after the regulation 90. At the stoppage of the actions, he did not hesitate to intervene to boast about his scoring quota and said the following: “I scored more goals than you started in your career”.
Translated from Italian into Spanish, the phrase from ‘Ibra’ read the following:
I have scored more goals than the games you have played in your career
Next, the moment where the intervention of the 39-year-old forward is appreciated:
Considering that the health emergency has made it impossible to fill football stadiums with the fans in the stands, the words and the exchange of phrases on the field are now more evident and everything is registered on the field. Although the player’s message was not interpreted by the referee as an offense to Zapata, he raised criticism on social networks for trying to compare himself with a player who does not have the same experience as him.
Based on his journey of more than 20 years in professional football, The Swedish striker took the situation in a humorous way and in a humiliating way he boasted the many converted in his career to ‘El Toro’. In an ironic and burlesque tone, it is evident how he looks directly at him but the Colombian does not react to his words and continues the game as if nothing had happened.
Zapata managed to be the protagonist of the dispute by scoring the goal that sealed the 3-0 win for Atalanta, a fact that could have caused the excessive reaction of the Swedish striker in one of the final fouls of the match.
In the current campaign after his return to Italian football, Ibrahimović is second in the scorers’ table with 12 goals converted in nine games played, being surpassed by Cristiano Ronaldo who has 15 goals in 14 games. Zlatan is equaled in that statistic by the players Ciro Inmobile with 16 games and Romelu Lukaku with 17. After them is Colombian striker Luis Fernando Muriel with 11 goals in 16 games.