Julio Cesar once attempted to get inside the mind of Zlatan Ibrahimovic before a penalty - but the legendary forward wasn't fazed at all.
The incident occurred back in 2012 and Inter were leading 1-0 against bitter rivals AC in the Milan derby.
Ibrahimovic and Cesar had played together for Inter in the past but Ibrahimovic stepped up to take a spotkick for the Rossoneri.
Brazilian international Cesar tried to chat to his former teammate and begun pulling faces to psych him out.
He could be heard saying: "Shoot it hard in the centre of the goal," during the exchange.
What did Ibrahimovic do? Bury it in the bottom left corner to give his side the equaliser.
Cesar actually did dive the right way but was beaten by the power of the strike.
It was clear to see both players take in in their strides, as Cesar let out a massive grin after being beaten.
Ibrahimovic smiled as he was embraced and gave a knowing point.
:speaking_head:️ Zlatan Ibrahimović: "He tried using mind games on me. Júlio César said to me before the penalty, 'Shoot hard in the centre of the goal'."- Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) December 9, 2020
"So after I scored I said to him: 'No, I'll just score instead'." pic.twitter.com/IRZYQnmP8l
The 39-year-old explained following the game: "He tried using mind games on me. Julio Cesar said to me before the penalty, 'Shoot it hard in the centre of the goal."
So after I scored I said to him: 'No, I will score instead."
Fans have reacted to the incident and they still think it's an all-time great Zlatan moment.
One comment read: "I love Zlatan hahaha, but I think Julio Cesar is too damn funny in this."
Another added: "Julio Cesar said that he knew in which corner Zlatan would shoot. Guess he was right, although it didn't seem to matter that much. Impossible to save!"
While a third stated: "See what happens if u [sic] mess with Zlatan."
Ibrahimovic is back at AC Milan in a second stint and has guided the club to the top of Serie A.
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