ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC threatened to break Rafael van der Vaart’s legs when they played together on the same Ajax team.
Rafael van der Vaart says Zlatan Ibrahimovic threatened to break his legs when they played together at AjaxCredit: AFP – Getty
Van der Vaart admitted it is true that former Manchester United striker Zlatan said he would snap him in two.
And delivering a huge understatement, ex-Real Madrid man Van der Vaart confessed the two of them “didn’t get along”.
Quizzed on whether it was true Zlatan threatened to break his legs, Van der Vaart said: “Yes, he did say that, but Zlatan said it to everyone.
The pair enjoyed success together at the Dutch club even though they did not get onCredit: Getty – Contributor
“It’s also true that around that time things just weren’t working between the two of us.
“But I would rather be in a team with people who are honest, like him, even if it means there are a few arguments.
“But there wasn’t a specific moment we fell out. We generally didn’t get along well.”
Van der Vaart was with famed Dutch club Ajax from 2000 to 2005 having spent seven years of his youth career there from 1993.
Ibrahimovic threatened to break everyone’s legs, according to Van der VaartCredit: Getty – Contributor
Ibrahimovic, now 40, moved to Ajax from Malmo in 2001 but left for Juventus in 2004. He now plays for AC Milan after a spell at MLS side LA Galaxy.
It appears the pair never once saw eye-to-eye, with Holland star Van der Vaart insisting Ibrahimovic was “jealous” of him.
He said: “At that time we were both young and I was the best player in Ajax. He came to the club and believed that he was the best player at Ajax.
“Back then he did not act like he does now and I think he was a bit jealous.
“I did not have really big problems with him. It was just two egos converging in one place. I think I was a bigger problem for him than he was for me.”
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