Former Argentina international Sergio Aguero has hit back at Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s comments that the World Cup champions “won’t win anything anymore”.
Ibrahimovic said some of Argentina’s players were “badly behaved” as they taunted France after their World Cup final victory and said “speaking as a top professional player, it’s a sign that you win once but not again”.
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Aguero, who last played for Argentina in July 2021 and was forced to rest for months after suffering a heart attack, has been critical of Ibrahimovic.
Aguero said: “Before saying that, it would be better if you said that you would have preferred France to win, rather than talking about bad behavior.” “I think it’s very rude to say we are [Argentina] won’t win again.
“Before you worry about Argentina, worry about your country. They failed to meet the requirements.”
Aguero celebrated Argentina’s third World Cup title with his former teammates on the pitch and in the dressing room after the final against France on 18 December.
Aguero played against Ibrahimovic in the Premier League and said the ex-Manchester United player was “least qualified” given his past behavior on the pitch.
“Let’s remember you on the field [Ibrahimovic] He had a bad attitude,” Aguero said. “There were a few moves, some shots that I remember at Los Angeles Galaxy. Is it good or bad? You say this as a top professional, but let’s remember that you also behave badly while playing.
“You’re a good player, I don’t mind that, but you’re a fighter. [former Manchester City defender Nicolas] Otamendi, you quarreled [then Barcelona coach] Pep [Guardiola], so Barcelona wanted to sell you later. When it comes to Argentina’s misbehavior, you first need to know that you behaved well in your career. Don’t spit if it gets on you.
“When I say they misrepresented themselves, you were the least represented. You’re wrong. After all, it’s your opinion.”
Aguero said Ibrahimovic was angry that Argentina captain Lionel Messi had won the World Cup, but Ibrahimovic said: “Messi is considered the best player in history and I believed he would win. [the World Cup].”
“Messi won, maybe that makes you angry,” Aguero said. “Maybe it hurts you to admit that he’s the best in the world and that Argentina won the World Cup.”