By Yusuf Mutiu
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said that his only season at Barcelona is the ‘worst time’ of his illustrious career.
The Sweden striker left Inter Milan in 2009 after he had helped the team to three consecutive Serie A triumph to join the Catalonia side but only lasted a year in Spain before he joined another Italian outfit, Milan.
Zlatan found the net for the then Pep Guardiola side 22 times in 46 appearances, but has declared that he doesn’t fancy his time in Spain and he has on different occasions claimed how ‘disapppointed’ is he in Barcelona.
When he was quizzes about his low moments in football, Ibrahimovic told Canal Plus: ‘My worst memory? I think it was Barcelona, but not for football. There, it happened to me to think too much.’
‘Yes I disappointed myself. I did things differently. I thought twice before acting and I disappointed myself. I lost my identity there. Afterwards, I found it again, and that allowed me to conquer the world.’
Ibrahim in 2017 in an interview with Sky Sports Italia spoke about the sore relationship he had with Pep Guardiola during his time at the Spanish club: ‘I’d walk into a room and he’d walk out. I’d go to meet him and he’d go somewhere else. I understood that there was something beyond football.
‘The problem was his, it was he who hadn’t solved the problem with me. I remember on my first day, he told me that the Barcelona players didn’t turn up to training in Ferraris or Porsches.
‘He’d already judged me then, but if you don’t know a person then you can’t judge them. I had my experience with him, I don’t know about others.
‘I read the same thing had happened to (Mario) Mandzukic and (Samuel) Eto’o. He wasn’t the worst coach I’d worked under, but he was certainly the most immature because a man solves his problems.’
Ibrahimovic left Barcelona in 2010 to join Milan on loan, where he won the Scudetto in his first season before making the move permanent.
Further league titles followed at PSG, prior to spells at Manchester United and LA Galaxy, before he rejoined Milan in 2020.
Ibrahimovic added another title to his collection last term, scoring eight top-flight goals to help the Rossoneri to their first league triumph in 11 years.