Zlatan Ibrahimovic would ignore team-mates if things did not go his way in training, according to Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic would give his team-mates the cold shoulder if they got the better of him in training, former AC Milan colleague Kevin-Prince Boateng has revealed.
Barcelona forward Boateng played alongside Ibrahimovic for two seasons at Milan between 2010 and 2012, before the Sweden international joined Paris Saint-Germain.
Ibrahimovic now plays in MLS with LA Galaxy and was involved in a fracas with former Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha during a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake on Sunday.
Galaxy's winner came courtesy of Ibrahimovic, who then appeared to goad Onuoha during his celebrations.
"I have never met a more ambitious person"
And though Boateng has played down Ibrahimovic's bad boy persona, he disclosed that the former Inter and Barça forward would often ignore his team-mates if things did not go his way in training.
"When I got into the dressing room on my first day, he addressed me by name," Boateng told DAZN. "I just thought: 'Wow, he knows my name.' From the first moment we got along well.
"Zlatan is a leader. I have never met a more ambitious person. If he loses in training, he does not speak to you for four days."
"Who follows me? I never claimed to be a leader"
Boateng has had something of a nomadic career, and unexpectedly joined LaLiga champions Barça in January after impressing at Sassuolo.
Asked if he saw himself as a leader, Boateng replied: "Who follows me? I never claimed to be a leader.
"Others may argue that. It does not mean anything only to talk. You have to show it on the pitch, and afterwards everybody follows you."