Honk! Lavezzi gives Zlatan’s nose a playful squeeze

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a world-class player, no doubt about it. But nobody is flawless, and PSG’s Swedish talisman has face blessed with quite a bit of “character.”

His rather pronounced nose has always been a sticking point for those looking to rib the striker. Take Portuguese newspaper Abola, before Sweden’s World Cup qualifier against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, for example:


(Image: 101GG)

Or the always colorful Joey Barton during a Ligue 1 match against Olympique Marseille last season:

We’re sure Zlatan is aware of his beak, so we find it a little curious that PSG teammate Ezequiel Lavezzi felt the need to give the nose a honk over the weekend.

As you can see in the video, while celebrating a successful Ibra penalty, Lavezzi was compelled to squeeze Zlatan’s nose. Lavezzi finds it hilarious, but Ibrahimovic certainly didn’t seem pleased.

Maybe it’s a one-time thing, or maybe it will develop into a recurring theme, ala Adrian Beltre’s sensitive cranium.

(h/t 101GG)


Joey Barton messes with his opponent’s privates

QPR’s Joey Barton gave injured opponent Danny Guthrie a, ahem, precautionary gonad check-up whilst receiving treatment on the pitch in the late stages of his side’s 1-1 draw at Reading.

Though some may have seen sinister intent in it, Barton merely was having a little fun with his former Newcastle teammate, which he confirmed via Twitter afterward:

How refreshing, a Joey Barton blog with little to no controversy attached!

via 101GG


Zlatan Ibrahimovic calls Sacha Kljestan’s mustache ‘ugly’


(Image courtesy: Franck Fife/AFP)

Poor Sacha Kljestan.

Despite his team, Anderlecht, securing a surprising 1-1 draw against PSG on Thursday, it appears the American international still wound up taking one on the chin. Or in this case, the upper lip.

On-pitch trash talk is nothing new, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic bagging on Kljestan for his mustache is too good to pass up.

Ibra, — likely frustrated by his inability score four goals again — took out his aggravation on Kljestan.

Per Het Nieuwsblad, Kljestan claims Zlatan “told me I have an ugly mustache.” Now, not one to lay down, Kljestan offered this retort: “I told him he has a long nose!”

What witticism from both parties! No telling if either side stuck their tongue out or thumbed their nose. At least the mustachioed Kljestan kept it above the belt, unlike Joey Barton:

And there you have it. It can always get more immature.

(h/t 101GreatGoals)




France Football is billing this weekend’s clash between PSG and Marseille as a match of biblical proportions. David Beckham could make his debut for the French Ligue 1 leader, but the media is more interested in a potential personal battle between the former England captain and Joey Barton. Beckham has been cast in the role of an angel while predictably Barton is playing a demon. Barton is already ramping up interest in the game by saying, in a cod French accent presumably, that his adversary is not the athlete of five years ago. Sacre bleu!  


Soccer bad boy Joey Barton scores this incredible “Olympic Goal” for Olympique Marseille against Borussia Mochengladbach.

A definite goal of the day candidate!