Sacha Kljestan's mustache draws Zlatan Ibrahimovic's ire

Thursday November 7th, 2013

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sacha Kljestan USA midfielder Sacha Kljestan (left) reportedly had his mustache criticized by PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (center) after a tackle during their Champions League tilt Tuesday. (Michel Euler/AP Photo)

Sacha Kljestan apparently does not care that He Is Zlatan.

During Anderlecht's 1-1 UEFA Champions League draw with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, Kljestan, the Belgian club's American midfielder, reportedly got into a brief verbal spat with mercurial, uber-talented Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Facial features were the subject, of course, as it is Movember.

Ibrahimovic took issue with Kljestan's trademark mustache after a tackle attempt, with the USA international reportedly telling Belgian outlet Het Nieuwsblad that Ibra said the hair above his upper lip "really is terrible."

And how did Kljestan respond? "I replied that he has a long nose."

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Kljestan, who was sent off in the match (presumably not for his retort), is the second USA international to get into an altercation of sorts with Ibrahimovic. When Oguchi Onyewu was playing for (well, being paid by) AC Milan in 2010, the American defender got into a physical fight with Ibrahimovic during a training session, a duel during which Ibrahimovic claimed to have had a rib broken and said they "almost killed each other," when lifting the lid on the details in his autobiography titled, "I Am Zlatan." (h/t The Guardian)

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