Zlatan Ibrahimovic got into it with a journalist at his presser leading up to Sweden's Euro 2016 qualifier vs. Russia.
Ibrahimovic, 33, has a history of arguing with TV4's Olof Lundh, according to The Guardian, and after Lundh asked about the striker's side businesses – that is, his perfume and clothing collection, it triggered an edgy response.
“I’m not allowed to earn money according to you,” Ibrahimovic said in response to the journalist. “Every time something happens you say: ‘Doesn’t he have enough money?’ Isn’t that true?”
Ibrahimovic went on to add that he doesn't need to pursue his other interests for money, but because he finds them fun
“These projects are fun to work with. It’s new adventures for me,” he said. “When I’m doing well and you feel a sting from it, then I’m enjoying myself even more … It’s the same as when I’m playing football – I get an extra kick out of it if it hurts you. That’s the best feeling.”
Though Ibrahimovic wasn't discussing physical injuries, there's clearly a personal rift between the two sides. Ibrahimovic also said in the presser that he is nearing the end of his professional career.
“You’ll know when I stop,” he told a reporter. “The whole world will know. It will be news.”
- Jeremy Woo