Zlatan Ibrahimovic only hated three or four teammates and Edinson Cavani was one

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic was absolutely not a fan of Edinson Cavani (Picture: Getty Images)

It is rare for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to hate a teammate over his football career, but he had absolutely no time for Edinson Cavani during their three years together at Paris Saint-Germain.

The Swede and the Uruguayan enjoyed a successful spell together in the French capital, with Cavani arriving from Napoli in 2013 to join Zlatan in Paris.

Three league titles in three seasons would follow and both men were prolific playing up front together, but they did not get on on a personal level.

Ibrahimovic would leave for Manchester United in 2016 and go on to play in MLS for LA Galaxy, where he confided in teammate Michael Ciani over his relationship with Cavani.

‘If you are close with Cavani, Ibra doesn’t like it,’ Ciani told RMC Sport. ‘Either you are with Ibra or against him.

‘He told me that everything was fine with Laurent Blanc at PSG. The only person he did not get along with was Cavani.

Ibrahimovic and Cavani were teammates from 2013-16 (Picture: Getty Images)

‘He told me that he had only hated three or four team-mates in his entire career… and one of them was Cavani.’

The Uruguayan, who is still plying his trade at PSG, has had some relatively kind words for Zlatan over the years.

After the Swede’s departure, Cavani told Stade2 in 2017: ‘I think he [Ibrahimovic] scored more than 150 goals during his time here.

‘I know that he is a great player. I was able to learn a lot of things from playing alongside him.

‘I was able to see his attitude on the pitch. He is a warrior. Sincerely, I was very much inspired by his attitude — his hatred of losing and his desire to always win.’

Cavani did, however, note that there was some friction between the two and they had a unique relationship way back in 2013.

‘On a certain level, there’s a connection between us that comes much more easily than with other players,’ said Cavani. ‘I think we just need to work on it a bit harder.

‘We haven’t been playing together for very long, and we haven’t had the proper preparation. Still, we’ve proven that there is a connection between us, even though we will need to prepare more thoroughly in order to get better results.’

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