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Starpork

Maurer needs to write a Beckham Experiment type book that just goes deep on Zlatan’s time in MLS.


BDR529forlyfe

I want this. Zlatan is infinitely more interesting to me than Becks. I absolutely love Zlatan and his “shtick”. Rodman was one of my favorite NBA players back in the day. So, I guess my love can be taken with a grain of salt.


Starpork

The Beckham Experiment is great reading if you haven't already. Not because Beckham is interesting, but it's a great window into the transition out of MLS 1.0, and how far the league has come since then.


BDR529forlyfe

Totally agree with you. I read it when it came out. But the same treatment with Zlatan? I’m all over it!


Brooklyn_MLS

Important to note: the story that Maurer retweets is in Spanish and it mentions that Zlatan did send them another jersey afterwards. Still funny though—his persona is mostly an act.


justanothersurly

>Still funny though—his persona is mostly an act. Oh man, I am not at all convinced of this! I have heard way too many stories for it to be an act.


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justanothersurly

yeah definitely. Dude operates on a different plane of existence.


dogfoodhoarder

Did he give "Kevin" a jersey?


toxictoastrecords

now that was definitely an act. He's funnier than people realize, mostly because they take his jokes as him being serious/narcissistic. He also uses this to his advantage and it makes it funnier for people that know when he's joking. Like everyone is too worried they'll upset him, like is he joking? He does know his name isn't Kevin right? We'll just drop it.


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Could've bought all three for a little over a hundred each back then but okay.


kad4724

For my money, nothing tops him randomly deciding that Perry Kitchen's name was going to be "Kevin".


toxictoastrecords

For my money, that's the biggest sign it's an act, and the funniest shit ever.


kad4724

Oh for sure. He's obviously got an ego, but there's no doubt in my mind that he's playing up his persona. I love it. Sports in general could use a few more characters like him.


yaybidet

Without tone and facial expressions to go by it's tough to interpret this as an asshole gesture or a funny asshole gesture. I don't think Zlatan is bad dude and it's mostly an act he gets caught up in.


RCTID1975

I dunno. Fan facing is one thing, but to talk down on your peers like that is just plain asshole in my book.


Resoca

He sent them a jersey afterwards. It was a joke. Since he can only give one jersey out


nate6patton

Am I the only one that thinks zlatan is just an asshole? I don’t understand why everyone likes him


Brooklyn_MLS

I can speak for myself—he’s one of the few players that backs up his trash talk. Also, I don’t think ppl should take him too seriously to begin with.


litthefilter

Yeah, there are some stories about him that make him sound like an actual asshole, but this one sounds mostly like wrestling heel shit.


grnrngr

>but this one sounds mostly like wrestling heel shit. I think 95% of what we know about Zlatan could be summarized this way. He's a heel, a caricature of what an elite asshole athlete is supposed to be. And he does it on purpose. And we're the fools if we think the act is too real. Just get in on the kayfabe and enjoy the show. This isn't to excuse his real assholery, which in many cases is somewhat understandable, but in others hints as a guy who's heel role is borne from a deep personal well of experience. The way he chooses to express his frustration with teammates and opponents and his instances of possible racism (which I really hope he's outgrown) are not be excused or taken lightly. Those alone may disqualify him from being considered a great person in addition to a great athlete. Stories of his times with the Galaxy have the locker room dividing between Zlatan and Lleget. And it's ridiculous that people think that was Lleget's fault. I recall saying months ago that the boys weren't siding with Lleget so much as they were siding *against Zlatan.* If you don't end up siding with one of the best players in the world in a locker-room clash of personalities, chances are that best player has a shit personality.


Whuann

Kobe was the same way. Great players aren’t going to let their teammates suck with out saying anything. Also he was raised as a poor child of immigrants in a predominantly white country so he knows struggle and over coming adversity. Dude would sign autographs till everyone got one and would always go out of his way for children.


Former_Ad3300

>He's a heel, a caricature of what an elite asshole athlete is supposed to be. And he does it on purpose. And we're the fools if we think the act is too real. Just get in on the kayfabe and enjoy the show. Hate to break it to you, but if your entire career you're playing the same heel role of an asshole, the act, is infact the nice site down guy you pretend to be when the cameras are rolling, and the true you is the fucking asshole you tell everyone is an act. Zlatan is a chode who couldn't even get his team to the playoffs. He was, and is, a fucking asshole, and the league is better off without his douchery becoming popular.


toxictoastrecords

Except he did single handedly get Galaxy into the playoffs his only full season with the team. Even fought in the loss to LAFC, that IMO should have been a tie (questionable offsides call, and no calls).


Former_Ad3300

>Zlatan is a chode who barely got his team to the playoffs. He was, and is, a fucking asshole, and the league is better off without his douchery becoming popular. happy now?


colewcar

100% spot on. Zlatan has always been my favorite player.


Vegetable_Archer_714

he got embarrassed out of our league?


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Brooklyn_MLS

He scored 52 goals in 2 years…


peacefinder

I think it’s very difficult for the public to know the real person underneath the persona, and that is entirely on purpose. Maybe he’s just pretending to be an asshole? Maybe he’s an asshole who is also pretending to be an asshole so he always has the out of “just kidding!”? I’ve no idea. I think it’s clear there is *some* kind of put-on happening: it’s easy to catch a smirk on his face while he’s outrageously bragging, as if to tell everyone he knows it’s ridiculous and make sure they’re in on the joke. We’ll probably need to wait a couple decades to learn the truth.


BarryIsInTheLightNow

If you are a teammate of Zlatan’s and you are underperforming: he is an asshole. If you are an opponent: he is an even bigger asshole. If you are a kid that wants a picture with him: he is a dad and a class act. It’s all an on the field persona. Just gotta’ put it into perspective. Btw, my son and I ran into him by the team hotel in Portland. He looked busy, but when my 13 year old son asked for a picture, he stopped, put his around his shoulder and gave us a few pictures. Zlatan is a legendary asshole. I’m glad he was our asshole.


PopeAlGore

I think it’s more the character Zlantan plays is an asshole, but either way I’m completely exhausted and turned off by it at this point,


Rc5tr0

I’ve always thought the fact that he plays a character at all is incredibly assholish. He’s the “jokes on you, I was only pretending” meme come to life.


MalevolentTapir

its possible to be a WWE style heel asshole on tv and also be a genuine asshole in life as well. the comparison comes with many of its own examples. meant to reply to some guy up above talking about wrestling heels but did it here somehow dunno how i screwed that up


HeavyDluxe

No. Everyone thinks that. But, two things... Every professional athlete, under the cover, thinks they're the baddest mofo. You can't compete at that top level and not believe you can take anyone. Zlatan is just more transparent with that ego. The other thing is that he's hamming it up. I'm sure that, in a competitive setting with teammates or during a game, he's a complete bastard. He wants to win, demands the highest from himself and others, etc. But, most of the stuff "the Lion" says he's saying to get clicks/views/lols.


badtripanon12

I don’t think he’s an asshole in these types of situations - I think he does it as an act to make the sport more fun and interesting, inject some color, and if they met with him in private he’s be as nice as anyone. The stuff about him being intense on his teammates in training and matches is more debatable in terms of assholeishness, but at least that one is linked to their job and may serve a purpose and is generally contained to on the field.


foolinthezoo

If you're constantly "putting on the act" that you're an asshole, you may just be an asshole pretending to be an actor.


BarryIsInTheLightNow

Jordan was an asshole too, gift wrapped as a nice athlete. Zlatan is a nice man, duct taped as an asshole.


foolinthezoo

Do genuinely nice people think "I will be regularly and publicly petty, braggadocious, and arrogant because it will be a profitable caricature?" Idk. If he were a genuinely chill dude, I just have a hard time thinking that he'd want to be seen this way by most people. Seems more like genuine arrogance or indifference, neither of which are really indicative of being a nice person.


BarryIsInTheLightNow

Anyone with Zlatan’s on camera bravado is hated by petty fans unless he is on their team. Listen to any of his sit down interviews and he will tell you it is all an act. Listen to him talk about his kids and you will see the father in him. The guy is still ballin’ out at 40 years old. He talks shit on and off the field then backs it up. It’s what motivates him, similarly, Jordan would crush you if you accidentally disrespected him. The fans didn’t see that, but the players knew. Btw, since Zlatan only plays with 1 jersey on, it would be rude to cut it in half, he later on sent a second jersey. The first one and the comment was for the expected shock factor. The 2nd jersey was a sign of respect.


foolinthezoo

My question is more of why a genuinely nice person would have that public persona. I don't know Zlatan so I can't say what he's really like. But it's just a weird caricature to perform.


BarryIsInTheLightNow

I believe Zlatan dealt with a lot of bullying while growing up as a minority in Sweden. It’s probably a defense mechanism. but hey, what do I know?


GaddisGolazo

Tell that to his accountant.


4four4MN

To some it's an act.


ichinii

It's just an act. The problem is you take what he says & does at face value. It's like watching a heel wrestler like Sami Zayn and finding out that he's the nicest dude ever.


hairykiller

He may be an asshole act or not. But goddamn he’s a great asshole that backs up his shit on the field


sounders1974

C'mon, you know the popular Reddit opinion these days is to just think he's an asshole. Every thread on him has this exact comment


wessneijder

Is Zlatan going to act this way after he retires? And if he does will Reddit to continue to think it's an act?


Bolverkk

This dude is such an arrogant prick! ...But I fucking love this guy.


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He's not wrong, he's just an asshole.


Resoca

God I miss Zlatan 😢


cliffordbeshers

When Zlatan stops playing soccer, I think he should try a stint as an insult comic.


foolinthezoo

Not even a particularly good joke


hairykiller

Thankfully humans have diff sense of humor


C6CORVETTELS3

Zlatan the biggest douche bag in football today , his farewell to galaxy fans was a playoff loss at LAFC and a hand to the groin ... lol never forget 🤡🤡😂😂