AC Milan striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has blasted Argentina’s post-World Cup celebrations as ‘disrespectful, saying they will not win another World Cup.
Lionel Scaloni’s South American side triumphed at the 2023 World Cup in Qatar late December, beating France 4-2 on penalties after the game finished 3-3 following extra time.
And AC Milan veteran Ibrahimovic told France Inter that the nature of Argentina’s celebrations, which he felt were over-the-top, meant they would not win another global title.
He said: ‘I said Argentina will for sure win the World Cup. If you want to remember the Qatar World Cup for the rest of history, who is going to win? (Argentina captain) Messi. (Not Mbappe?) No, because Messi is considered the best player in history.
‘I’m worried about the other players of Argentina because they will not win anything else. Messi has won everything and he will be remembered. But the rest, that behaved badly, we can’t respect that.
‘This is coming from me as a professional football player at a high level. For me, it’s a sign that they will win one time and will not win any more, because you don’t win like that.’
Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was criticised for making a controversial gesture with the Golden Glove award shortly after the final whistle.
He then later mocked France superstar Kylian Mbappe – who scored a hat-trick in the final plus a penalty – with Ibrahimovic, 41, stating the Paris Saint-Germain forward would definitely win another World Cup in future, unlike Argentina.