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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Taunts Cristiano Ronaldo's First Spell at Man Utd

Mudeet Arora
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taunted Ronaldo's first spell at Manchester United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taunted Ronaldo's first spell at Manchester United / Visionhaus/Getty Images

Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic isn't impressed by the Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United hype that has surrounded the world of football in the last couple of weeks.

39-year-old Ibrahimovic, who currently plays for AC Milan has been critical of Ronaldo's previous spell at Old Trafford, claiming that the Portuguese maestro was "carried" by Wayne Rooney.

"When he played with Cristiano Ronaldo, all the work was done by Rooney," Ibrahimović told the BBC in 2015, as quoted by GiveMeSport.

"But he didn't get the credit because Ronaldo was scoring all of the goals. These great players, they have their moments over one to three years. But to continue over five years, for ten years the way Wayne Rooney has done is not easy. It's pressure every day playing for a big team."

As much as many United fans would agree with what the Swedish great has stated, it is never wrong to admit that Zlatan's comments are a bit harsh too.

The only way to prove that is to look at what Cristiano achieved before leaving Manchester United in 2009.

Ronaldo won three consecutive Premier League titles, a UEFA Champions League, an FA Cup and two League Cups. Not only that, on the personal front, Ronaldo claimed the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year in 2008.