Arsene Wenger offered Zlatan Ibrahimovic a trial at Arsenal when the Swedish superstar was just 17.
“I couldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘No way, Zlatan doesn’t do auditions’,” was Ibra’s legendary response.
But it seems that Gunners boss Wenger remains an Ibra acolyte, after he told TF1 that on current form, the PSG striker is the best player on the planet.
Ibra has become the dark horse for the Ballon d’Or award, thanks to his rapidly expanding catalogue of stunning goals.
And Wenger thinks that at the moment, the former Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan trophy machine is playing better than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
"Right now, he's better than Messi and Ronaldo," Wenger said. "At 32, he knows how best to exploit his talent."
For what it’s worth, Ibra says he is not too fussed about the Ballon d’Or.
He says he is far more concerned with winning trophies with the teams he plays for, and in that sense, he must be one of contemporary football’s most consistently victorious players.
"No, no, I train hard every day to get PSG positive results,” he said, when asked if he is fixating on individual glory, like certain other big-name players.
“I'm very happy to play in Paris. I give a lot of myself to that.
“The victories of my team are my Ballon d'Or. It's not my dream to win that trophy.
“My dream is to win trophies with my club. Individual honours are simply a bonus."