A Tweet From Last Year May Have Started Romelu Lukaku And Zlatan Ibrahimovic Feud
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku had to be separated by teammates on Tuesday night during the Milan derby and a tweet from the Belgian may have been the catalyst.
Milan derbies are often spicy and the Coppa Italia match was no different, with Zlatan and Lukaku's argument the major talking point of the night.
Ibra put Stefan Pioli's side ahead around the half-hour mark but the game really came to life on the stroke of half time when the two former Manchester United strikers went face-to-face during an argument.
It was the Inter striker who had the last laugh as Zlatan was later sent off and the Nerazzurri went through, following Lukaku's equaliser from the spot.
Whilst it seems something said by the Swede kicked things off last night, it is potentially a tweet from February last year that started the feud.
In a post on Twitter 11 months ago, Lukaku claimed there was a 'new king in town,' following his injury time winner in a Milan derby.
there's a new king in town pic.twitter.com/w9yv4cVzrJ- R.Lukaku Bolingoli9 (@RomeluLukaku9) February 9, 2020
Ibrahimovic, who has played for both Milan sides, had previously referred to himself as the 'king of Milan' during his first spell for the Rossoneri between 2010 and 2012.
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The 39-year-old, who has also played for Juventus, scored 57 goals in 88 appearances for Inter in three seasons, winning three Serie A titles.
After his ill fated stint with Barcelona he returned to the San Siro to play for Milan. He scored 42 goals in 61 appearances and added a third Serie A title.
His second spell for the club has gone better than anyone imagined, returning to Europe after his time in the MLS, and he's scored 22 goals in 27 league games.
Tensions rising between Zlatan and Lukaku in the Milan derby :flushed: pic.twitter.com/mbPDw32yn3- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 26, 2021
It's no wonder he's dubbed himself the 'King of Milan' but Lukaku is clearly coming for that crown, with the ex Chelsea man scoring 35 in 52 so far during his time in Italy.
He is also gaining a happy knack of scoring in the derbies, with goals in both last season's games and both of this season's games so far.
Reports claimed that Zlatan called Lukaku a 'donkey' and told him to do his 'voodoo sh*t' during their confrontation, whilst in turn the 27-year-old said 'f**k you and your wife, you little b*tch.'
In just a few years the pair have gone from teammates at Old Trafford to almost literally being at each other's throats in the Milan derby.
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