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We all love Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He is an absolute God in the eyes of all of Paris Saint-Germain’s supporters. Not only is he invincible on the pitch (we like to think and so does he) but he also has his quirky little ways that make him a cult hero in general for neutrals of the game.
Ibra was speaking in yesterday’s pre-match presser ahead of the game with Chelsea tonight and came out with a statement that may not go down too well with the older generation who support Les Parisiens.
Zlatan would say; “The project was launched three years ago. With all due respect for what went before at PSG, I think the club was born the day the Qataris arrived.”
It is easy to blow his words out of context. There was certainly no disrespected meant by Ibra’s words. To me, it seemed as if he was speaking about PSG as a club that is these days renown around the world. That was not really the case prior to 2011 (when the Qataris actually arrived).
Nevertheless, let’s remind the big man of some of the greats who have adorned the red and blue. Not forgetting that team from the heady days of the mid-90’s, which is perceived by many PSG supporters to be greater than the modern day one.
Bosnia-Herzegovina’s coach Safet Susic watches his footballers during a training session at the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba on June 20, 2014, on the eve of their 2014 FIFA World Cup Group F football match against Nigeria. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
15 MAR 1995: PATRICK COLLETER CELEBRATES WITH HIS TEAM MATE GOALKEEPER BERNARD LAMA AFTER PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN DEFEAT BARCELONA 2-1 IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER FINAL SECOND LEG MATCH AT THE PARC DES PRINCES STADIUM IN PARIS. Mandatory Credit: ShaunBotterill/ALLSPORT
Paris Saint-Germain’s Portugese forward Pedro Pauleta and goalkeeper Jerome Alonzo celebrate at the end of their French L1 football match FC Sochaux vs Paris SG on May 17, 2008 at the Auguste Bonal Stadium in Montbeliard, eastern France. Paris Saint-Germain defeated Sochaux 2-1. AFP PHOTO SEBASTIEN (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images)
Saint-Etienne’s former player Dominique Rocheteau uses his phone during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Saint-Etienne (ASSE), on August 31, 2014 at the Parc des Princes in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture released on July 13, 1977 of PSG players Mustapha Dahleb (L), François M’Pelé (C) and Carlos Bianchi (R) shaking hands. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
1990: David Ginola of Paris Saint-Germain in action during a French League match against Les Girondins de Bordeaux at Parc des Princes in Paris. Paris Saint-Germain won the match 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Pascal Rondeau/Allsport
Mar 1997: Rai of Paris Saint German in action during the European Cup Winners Cup against AEK Athens at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Mandatory Credit: Mark Thompson /Allsport
PSG midfielder Brazilian Ronaldinho reacts after Auxerre won the French Cup, beating PSG 2-1 at Stade de France in Saint Denis 31 May 2003. (Photo credit should read JEAN AYISSI/AFP/Getty Images)
BARCELONA – MARCH 1: George Weah of Paris St Germain charges past Sergi of Barcelona during the European Cup quarter final first leg match held on March 1, 1995 at the Nou Camp, in Barcelona, Spain. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)