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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Slams Cristiano Ronaldo, Says He's Not 'The Real Ronaldo'

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Slams Cristiano Ronaldo, Says He's Not 'The Real Ronaldo'

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has called out Cristiano Ronaldo and said he is not the 'real Ronaldo' as that tag is for Ronaldo Nazario.

Zlatan is set for a return to Serie A with AC Milan his likely destination.

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Image Credit: PA

It seems he's trying to spice up any future duels with the Juventus frontman as he told GQ per A Bola:

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"I will find the real Ronaldo in Italy? None of it! There is only one Ronaldo, the Brazilian!"

It's a bold claim from the Swede considering the glittering career 'CR7' has had.

There's no doubt that Ronaldo Nazario was once one of the world's most lethal forwards.

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'El Fenomeno' is widely regard as one of the best of all time and was name World Player of the Year three times.

He also won two World Cups with national side Brazil.

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The former LA Galaxy striker has had an on-off feud with the Portuguese forward throughout this year.

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He told BBC back in January that he didn't think Ronaldo's move to Juventus was a challenge despite the 34-year-old calling it that after leaving Real Madrid.

"Why did he not choose a club from a second division a few years ago? Try to become a champion with such a second-division [club] and lead them to the highest level.

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"Moving to Juventus is not a challenge at all."

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Zlatan has recently left LA Galaxy and will be returning to Serie A for a fourth stint.

The 38-year-old had spells at Juventus and Inter Milan earlier in his career as well as the prior spell at AC.

He told GQ Italia,

"I will join a club that must get back to winning, that has to renew its history and is in search of a battle against everyone and everything".

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"That is the only way I'll be able to find the necessary motivation to surprise you again.

Zlatan has had a stint at AC Milan in the past and helped them to the Serie A title in 2011. (Image Credit: PA)
Zlatan has had a stint at AC Milan in the past and helped them to the Serie A title in 2011. (Image Credit: PA)

"It's not just about choosing a team, as there are other factors that need to line up, including in the interests of my family.

"I'll see you in Italy soon."

It's safe to say his recent comments will fire up 'CR7' for his next clash with the Rossoneri.

He was substituted off against Milan earlier this season and it caused speculation of a rift between him and manager Maurizio Sarri.

What do you think of Zlatan's comments?

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Topics: Zlatan, Football News, Football, Serie A, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo

Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelancer journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.