Ibrahimovic and Lukaku got into a heated battle in the Milan Derby on Tuesday night. The two opposing strikers were teammates at Manchester United during the Jose Mourinho era.
Now respectively at Inter Milan and AC Milan, they couldn’t be bigger rivals. The striker both got yellow cards for a fiery exchange between the 2 of them.
In an empty San Siro Stadium, and with no virtual atmosphere created, viewers could hear everything that the strikers were insulting to each other.
They opted to insult each other in English, so it was very clear to understand everything that was said.
On the pitch, Ibrahimovic received his 2nd yellow card in the second half and was sent off. The Swede had initially given Milan the lead.
However, Lukaku equalised on the penalty spot and Christian Eriksen won the game with a superb free kick.
After the match, Zlatan was accused of racially attacking the Belgian striker. To which Ibrahimovic swiftly denied these claims.
“In Zlatan’s world there is no place for racism. We are all the same race – we are all equal.” He said on his Twitter.
“We are all players some better than others” he concluded.
Former teammate of both strikers at Manchester United Paul Pogba came to Zlatan’s defence as well. The Frenchman claimed that Zlatan loves him too much to be a racist.
“He loves me too much so he’s the last person I’d think of as racist!” he Tweeted
In previous interviews, Romelu Lukaku has voiced his admiration of Ibrahimovic. He claims to have learnt a lot from the Swede in their time at Manchester United.
“Ibra is a champion, I respect him. In Manchester I could train every day with him, that was the most beautiful thing for me. It will be nice to play against him. He is a great champion and professional.
“For me it’s not normal that he can do those things at his age. He works a lot; he always gave me advice when we played together in Manchester.”
Lukaku told Tiki Taka ahead of their first Derby Milano in 2020. However, Zlatan was not so nice when asked about Lukaku in 2019.
“I will say this on Romelu: don’t expect good technique from Lukaku. His best strength is sheer power. If only he’d listened to me,” Ibrahimovic told La Gazzetta dello Sport
“At Manchester United, we made a bet: ‘I’ll give you £50 for every decent first touch you make’.
“He replied: ‘What do I win if I get them all right?’ I told him nothing, he would simply become a better player. For the record, he never accepted the bet! Perhaps he was afraid of losing?! Joking aside, Lukaku has this mad hunger to prove himself to the world and I’m sure he will do well at Inter too.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Denies Any Racism Snipes At Romelu Lukaku!