Zlatan Ibrahimovic has warned fans not to expect good technique from Romelu Lukaku, with the Swede revealing that his fellow striker turned down a bet that could have improved his first touch and seen him “simply become a better player”.
Ibrahimovic, whose current contract with the LA Galaxy runs out in December, shared a brief spell alongside Lukaku at Manchester United from 2017-18 before making the decision to try his hand in Major League Soccer.The 38-year-old is well known for his wonderful technique despite his enormous 6’5” frame, while Lukaku, now plying his trade under Antonio Conte at Inter, has been accused over the years of being a ‘flat track bully’, relying on strength over everything else to beat his opponents.
In light of that, Ibra revealed that he laid down a bet with his former team-mate, claiming that he would pay the Belgian for every good first touch he made – a wager that Lukaku would turn down.
“I will say this on Romelu,” Ibrahimovic began in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, “don’t expect good technique from Lukaku. His best strength is sheer power – if only he’d listened to me.