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'Zlatan Was My Idol, But I Don't Like His Arrogance'

A player has come out in praise of former Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but also criticised the Swede for his sometimes arrogant behaviour.

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Mainz striker Jean-Philippe Mateta grew up a huge admirer of the ex-FC Barcelona forward, but while he thinks the AC Milan man can be compared to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, he admitted he was never a fan of Ibrahimovic's arrogance off the field.

"Zlatan (was my idol growing up). I was looking for a tall striker who ran quickly, that showed technical skills, who can dribble," he told France Football.

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"What did I like about him? His goalscoring side. All he did was score.

"After Ronaldo and Messi, he is the greatest goalscorer in history. There is no debate. What he has done, it is incredible.

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"But, aside from that, everything outside of that, when he speaks to the press and does the whole arrogant thing, that doesn't interest me."

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