In the new issue of FourFourTwo magazine, PSG midfielder Marco Verratti explains how Zlatan eased former manager Carlo Ancelotti anxiety with the Ligue 1 title on the line.
“Before winning the 2012/13 league title, we were getting ready to play against Lyon,” Verratti explains. “Carlo Ancelotti was a bit tense, so Ibra approached him and asked him if he believed in Jesus. Ancelotti said yes, so Ibra told him: ‘Good, so you believe in me. You can relax!’ Zlatan is like this – he has a lot of self-confidence. This helps him to be a great player.”
PSG won their final three matches of that season to win the title by a 12 point margin and Zlatan scored three goals in the final two matches, giving him 30 for the campaign. Upon winning his first Ligue 1 title, he promptly turned all of PSG’s Gatorade into wine and was miraculously able to slap each of his teammates with just two fish.