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Ibra: "Messi was competing with Florentino Pérez, not Cristiano"

Ibra: "Messi was competing with Florentino Pérez, not Cristiano"

Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic was asked what he thought about Luka Modric winning the Ballon d'Or and said that his eyes had now been opened.

The reaction of Zlatan Ibrahimovic about the Ballon d'Or caught many by surprise. The Swedish striker, still plying his trade in Los Angeles, responded with a touch of irony when asked by Fox Sports Asia about the recent winner of the France Football award, suggesting that the Real Madrid president may have some considerable influence. 

Messi's competitor

- Journalist: "What's your opinion on Luka Modric winning the Ballon d'Or?"

- Ibrahimovic: "Now we can see that Messi was competing for the Ballon d'Or against Florentino Pérez, not Cristiano."

Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez at the Ballon d'Or gala.

Despite impressing at several top European clubs, Zlatan has never won the individual award.

[Since publishing this article, doubts have been raised over the validity of the source of the quotes. Fox Sports Asia has since deleted their post.]