ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC and Romelu Lukaku were involved in a furious, X-rated row during Tuesday night’s Milan derby.
But a major bust-up between the two former Manchester United team-mates had been brewing for FOUR YEARS.
Lukaku and Ibrahimovic clashed on the pitch during the Milan derby, but the row had been brewing for four yearsCredit: Reuters
In an action-packed game at the San Siro, Inter Milan scored a 97th-minute winner to beat their fierce rivals 2-1.
Ibrahimovic and Lukaku both scored, with the Swedish superstar, 39, sent off in the second half.
But he was lucky to not be shown red earlier in the game, when he appeared to headbutt Lukaku.
In an incredible row, Lukaku, 27, appeared to say ‘f*** you and your wife’ to Zlatan.
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Ibrahimovic allegedly hit back, shouting: “Go do your voodoo s***, go do your voodoo s***, little donkey.”
The two strikers were both shown a yellow card and were kept apart as they stormed down the tunnel.
But the clash shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, with Ibrahimovic and Lukaku’s row first starting in 2017.
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Lukaku and Ibrahimovic never quite saw eye-to-eye at Man UtdCredit: Reuters
The pair would fight for one starting spot in Jose Mourinho’s team that season – with Ibrahimovic making it clear he was willing to go to war.
Lukaku recalled: “I remember one training session…
“Because we were both strikers, we were never on the same team and, at one point, there was a 50/50 challenge.
“He went full-on against me.
“That is when I knew this guy wants to compete and this guy wants to fight for his spot.
“That is why he changed me. It was an eye-opener. The guy had to fight to be in the position he is in.”
But Zlatan didn’t just keep it at physical warfare, but mental too.
Ibrahimovic and Lukaku had to be separated as they rowed during the heated Milan derbyCredit: AFP or licensors
In 2019, the Swedish striker revealed he had a bet going with Lukaku at Man Utd training, saying he’d give the Belgian £50 for every decent first touch.
After Lukaku joined Inter, Ibrahimovic said: “I will say this on Romelu: don’t expect good technique from Lukaku.
“His best strength is sheer power. If only he’d listened to me…
“At Manchester United, we made a bet: ‘I’ll give you £50 for every decent first touch you make.
“He replied: ‘What do I win if I get them all right?’ I told him nothing, he would simply become a better player.
“For the record, he never accepted the bet. Perhaps he was afraid of losing.”
The war of words raged on as the pair rekindled their rivalry in Italy.
As Lukaku moved to Inter in the summer of 2019, Milan revealed they’d signed Zlatan in December the same year.
As early as February 2020, Lukaku lit the fire under their row once again.
After scoring in Inter’s 4-2 derby win, the Belgian said: “There’s a new king in town.”
But Ibrahimovic had his revenge in October as AC Milan beat Inter 2-1, with the Swede scoring both.
Zlatan, in typical manner, roared: “Milan never had a king, they have a GOD.”