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Here's why Zlatan Ibrahimovic once claimed to be Jesus

“Some of the plays you see him do during a match — they don’t just happen.”

Ibrahimovic has scored 64 goals in 78 matches for PSG.
Ibrahimovic has scored 64 goals in 78 matches for PSG.
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PSG STAR MARCO Verratti says Zlatan Ibrahimovic once claimed to be Jesus in a bid to inspire his team to the league title.

In an interview with Verratti in the latest issue of FourFourTwo, the 22-year-old pays tribute to his illustrious teammate.

“Some of the plays you see him do during a match — they don’t just happen. He works on everything in training. He has a co-ordination and creativity that very few players have. Even Ibra has got us used to his amazing goals!”

The Italy international also recalled the unusual measures Ibrahimovic took to try to inspire his side to the league title.

“Before winning the 2012/13 league title, we were getting ready to play against Lyon,” he said. “Carlo Ancelotti was a bit tense, so Ibra approached him and asked him if he believed in Jesus. Ancelotti said yes, so Ibra told him: ‘Good, so you believe in me. You can relax!’ Zlatan is like this — he has a lot of self-confidence. This helps him to be a great player.”

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