London - Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says
that accusations of arrogance against him are unfair and that his grand
proclamations are merely expressions of supreme confidence.
The Swedish striker, who is in line to make his Premier
League debut for United at Bournemouth on Sunday, is renowned for talking
himself up and being dismissive of his opponents.
But the 34-year-old says that is merely a reflection of the
drive that has enabled him to win league titles in four different countries and
amass a huge haul of personal honours.
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"I don't believe I'm arrogant in the way that people
think," he said in an interview with Sky Sports broadcast on Friday.
"I'm confident. I believe in myself. That's not being
arrogant. That's something I believe is an individual strength in the human
He added: "I'm a normal person. People have the image
of me that I'm a bad boy, I'm this and I'm that. People are curious: 'How is
"I'm a family guy. I'm taking care of my family, but
when I come on the pitch I'm a lion. That's the big difference."For
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