Zlatan Slams Argentina Players After World Cup Win

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Ex-Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has slammed Argentina's celebrations following their 2022 FIFA World Cup final win over France.

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Several Albiceleste players caused a stir during and after the tournament in Qatar, particularly goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who was criticised for his antics towards Kylian Mbappe.

The Aston Villa shot-stopper was seen holding up a doll that resembled Mbappe during Argentina's bus parade celebrations in Buenos Aires, actions that seemed to also leave his club manager Unai Emery unimpressed.

Sections of French media also took aim at the goalkeeper's actions during their penalty shootout victory, which included him attempting to throw France's players off with behaviour that has been deemed unsportsmanlike.

Ibrahimovic appeared to look past Messi in his recent criticism of the World Cup winners, insisting he "cannot respect" how they carried themselves.

"Messi is considered the best player in history and will be remembered for winning the World Cup, but the others? I cannot respect, as a professional, those who behave like that," he said, according to Football Italia.

The Swede also believes Mbappe will have the opportunity to win another World Cup in the future, having helped Les Bleus claim the trophy in 2018.

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"I am not worried about him, he'll surely win another World Cup, but in Qatar I was sure Argentina would win," Ibrahimovic added. 

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