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Ibrahimovic is one of football's most polarising characters and his personality plays a massive role in that.
The AC Milan striker isn't afraid to speak his mind and during his time at LA Galaxy, Cole was caught in the crosshairs.
He explained on an episode of A League Of Their Own: "He has two personalities, with us in the dressing room he was brilliant, quiet, very humble but for the media he was God.
"He had moments where he would come in the dressing room and really let people know about their s*** touch, can't run, you're slow but in front of the media his persona changed."
When asked about a direct confrontation with Ibrahimovic, former Chelsea man Cole admitted: "He tried to once, he did throw his hands in the air.
"And I said 'Put your f***ing hands down', I'm deadly serious, honestly. I was thinking 'you might have a little point, but don't put your hands up'."
Cole spent three seasons with LA Galaxy before returning to England to finish his career with Derby County.
Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic turns 40 next month and is in his second stint with Milan.
His time Stateside saw him threaten to 'kill' a teammate as well as boast about his financial wealth.
Ibrahimovic was furious at his side losing 3-2 to Houston Dynamos on the final day of the 2018 season after initially leading 2-0.
Galaxy finished 13th that season and Ibrahimovic, who had joined in March that year, lost it at full-time.
Joao Pedro told Record: "At the end of the game, he (Zlatan) gave us a talking to.
"He said 'if you are going to come here to go to the beach or take a walk in Hollywood, just say so.
"I have 300 million on my account, an island, I don't need this for anything. The first one who says something to me, I will kill him.'"
Ibrahimovic failed to win any trophies during his time in the MLS but he still managed to score 52 goals in two seasons in Los Angeles.