Zlatan Ibrahimovic has responded to Eric Cantona’s remarks where the Frenchman touted himself as the only King of Manchester by announcing he will be the ‘God’ of Manchester.
Cantona sent a message to Ibrahimovic upon his arrival, reminding the Swede that there was only one ‘King’ in Manchester, urging him to accept the title of ‘Prince’ instead.
However, as you might expect, the 34-year-old wasn’t prepared to settle for ‘Prince’ status and came out with an emphatic response.
“I admire Cantona. And I heard what he said,” he told Swedish paper Aftonbladet.
“But I won’t be King of Manchester. I will be God of Manchester.”
This is the first of what promises to be an array of blockbuster lines from Ibrahimovic during his time in Manchester. After leaving Paris Saint Germain as their all time top-goalscorer, he delivered the memorable line: “I came as a king, I left as a legend.” It’s the rhetoric of winners, of those who settle only for the best.
When joining a club like Man United, you have to possess a particular mindset – one that essentially revolves around a desire to batter the opposition into submission. Ibrahimovic definitely fits the mould.
Nobody in sport possesses even an eighth of Zlatan’s unshakeable arrogance and sense of omnipotence and it’s exactly why the 34-year-old is perfect for Man United.