A man who played alongside the charismatic striker in MLS says there was tension between two superstar players at Parc des Princes. Former LA Galaxy colleague Michael Ciani of Sweden, with Paris Saint-Germain attacker Edinson Cavani on the side, says Zlatan Ibrahimovic has only “hated three or four teammates throughout his career.”
From 2012 to 2016, the mysterious frontman was at Parc des Prince for 4 years. He was replaced by Cavani 12 months after arriving in the French capital, with PSG investing heavily in building a roster of star-studded stars. Ibrahimovic has long been a big attraction and set a new record as the team’s all-time leading goal scorer.
Since then, Uruguay’s international Cavani has lifted this barrier, with the South American still on PSG books around four years after a long-standing striking rival left for Manchester United. The couple built a close friendship during their time together but there was never any love lost between the two.
Ciani confessed almost as much now, explaining to RMC Sport: “Ibra does not like it when you are next to Cavani. You are either with Ibra or against him.”He’s told me with Laurent Blanc at PSG that everything was fine. Cavani was the one person he didn’t get along with. “Throughout his life, he told me he didn’t like three or four teammates. And one of them was Cavani.
Ibrahimovic, who is currently with AC Milan after a two-year stay at LA Galaxy, has always been a controversial figure in his career because of his larger-than-life persona, but wherever he was, his confidence and abilities were accepted.
Shortly after his switch to PSG, Cavani conceded that there were issues in his relationship with Ibrahimovic to be addressed.
A man who was often pushed out of the Swede’s natural central position and into a wide attacking berth in September 2013 told reporters: “On a certain level, there is a link between us that comes far easier than with other players.