Joey Barton took to social media to fire one last shot at Zlatan Ibrahimovic following his retirement.
With a Tweet captioned:
‘Congratulations on a fantastic career. Enjoy retirement @Ibra_official #bignose 👃🏻 👍💪🤣’
— Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) June 5, 2023
The pair infamously clashed in February 2013 and Barton explained exactly what happened.
Telling L’Equipe, Barton said:
‘Before the game, Elie Baup told me to get under Zlatan’s skin, to stop him from turning too easily and controlling aerial balls from their goalkeeper.
‘I was winning loads of free kicks, because he was making foul after foul.
‘So he said to me: “You play hard, so stay on your feet”, so I told him, laughing “Yeah, just stop making stupid fouls.”
‘Then he called me an English so-and-so, so I replied: “Yeah, I’m English, but you’ve got a huge nose”, and I did the gesture showing his huge nose.
‘As for that moment, Zlatan was surprised, because he’s Zlatan and no one ever says anything to him.’