There appears to have been some back story behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s decision to keep calling Romelu Lukaku a donkey last night.
As MilanLive reports, there are absolutely no racial undertones in using the word ‘donkey’ to describe another professional, because in this case Ibrahimovic is providing a throwback to when the pair were team-mates back in England.
Donkey is a word that in England (in footballing terms) is also used to define players with physical presence but poor in ball control, passing or shooting.
This is something that Ibrahimovic – during his time at Manchester United – had called Lukaku out on. During the 2017-18 season season, Zlatan revealed that he had made a bet with the Belgian.
“I’ll give you 50 pounds for every good first touch,” he said, as per the report. When the current Inter striker asked him what he would get in return, the Swede replied: “Nothing, I just make you a better player!”