‘There are only a few players Ibrahimovic hated and one of them was Cavani’, claims ex-team-mate 


Zlatan Ibrahimovic HATED Edinson Cavani when they played together at PSG, claims former team-mate Michael Ciani… as he reveals Sweden legend ‘didn’t like it’ if others were ‘close’ to the Uruguay striker

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic is said to have despised ex-PSG team-mate Edinson Cavani
  • Michael Ciani, who played alongside Ibrahimovic at LA Galaxy, made the claim
  • Sweden legend Ibrahimovic and Cavani were at PSG together from 2013 to 2016
  • Fellow forward Cavani has followed Ibrahimovic’s journey to Manchester United

Edinson Cavani was one of four players Zlatan Ibrahimovic loathed during his career, a former team-mate of the Sweden legend has claimed.

Uruguay striker Cavani has followed Sweden legend Ibrahimovic’s path by moving from Paris Saint-Germain to Manchester United – and there was little love between the pair during their time at Parc des Princes, according to Michael Ciani.

Defender Ciani shared a dressing room with Ibrahimovic when the fiery forward began his spectacular spell at LA Galaxy in 2018, and the retired former France international has said the AC Milan talisman’s disdain extended to Cavani’s friends.

Strikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic (left) and Edinson Cavani combined productively on the turf at PSG

Ibrahimovic hated Cavani off the pitch, according to one of his former LA Galaxy team-mates

Ibrahimovic hated Cavani off the pitch, according to one of his former LA Galaxy team-mates

Ciani told RMC Sport: ‘If you are close to Cavani, Ibra does not like it. Either you are with Ibra, or you are against him.

‘He told me that everything was fine with [then-manager] Laurent Blanc at PSG. The only person he did not get along with was Cavani.

‘He told me that he only hated three or four people in his career… and one of them was Cavani.’

Ibrahimovic and Cavani formed a fearsome pairing on the pitch, winning Ligue 1 in each of the three seasons they were together among a haul of domestic trophies with the French giants.

Michael Ciani (left), seen in action for Lazio, got to know Ibrahimovic during his Galaxy career

Michael Ciani (left), seen in action for Lazio, got to know Ibrahimovic during his Galaxy career

Both players scored well over 100 goals for the club, with Ibrahimovic spending almost two seasons at United after leaving PSG in 2016 and Cavani moving to Old Trafford in 2020, where he has scored 19 goals in 56 appearances.

Now 40 and still hitting the heights with Serie A table-toppers AC Milan, Ibrahimovic has become notorious for making demands of his team-mates during his extraordinary career.

The former Malmo, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan and Barcelona hitman averaged almost a goal a game during a record-breaking Major League Soccer season with the Galaxy, and England stalwart Ashley Cole saw the sharper side of Ibrahimovic’s personality when he was part of their squad in 2018.

Discussing Ibrahimovic in 2021, Cole said: ‘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 [they had a] s*** touch – ‘can’t run, you’re slow’. But in front of the media, his persona changed.’

The revered veteran has scored eight times in 20 league appearances this season for Milan, who are two points clear of nearest rivals Inter with four matches remaining. 

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