There is plenty a tale in professional footballer of the ones that got away - players who for some reason clubs didn’t sign - and they went on to regret it many years later.
One such example that often comes up is Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Arsenal.
‘Zlatan doesn’t do auditions’ are the infamous words that Zlatan Ibrahimovic used to describe his response to being asked to trial for Arsenal by Arsene Wenger when he was just 17-years-old.
"Arsene gave me the famous red and white jersey - the number nine shirt with Ibrahimovic on it and I was so pleased I even posed for a picture wearing it. But he never actually made me a serious offer, it was more, 'I want to see how good you are, what kind of player you are. Have a trial… I thought: 'You either know me or you don't and if you don't know me you can't really want me'."
At the time Zlatan was a teenager playing for Malmo, and his raw talent had suitors from all over looking at him.
In the end Ajax snapped him up, and the rest as they say is history.
And right now the Swede is probably in the form of his life.
Zlatan has scored an incredible 36 goals in 36 games in all competitions this season - including a hat-trick today.
And it is performances like this that give credence to what he said this morning about not taking up Wenger on that trial offer.
"If I had played there, I would have destroyed it, like I have everywhere else. Arsenal could have happened, as everybody knows - but I would not do a trial. Who do you think regrets that more, Arsene Wenger or Zlatan? The last time I faced England, which is supposed to be the best players in the Premier League, what happened? Maybe people need to be reminded that it was the Zlatan show."
Quotes that seem almost too good to be true, right?
Well that's because they're not!
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taken to Twitter tonight to defend himself against the claims - saying he has never spoken to any English media in which these comments came up, and that The Mirror is a joke!
Here is the Tweet in question...
I have not talked to any UK journalist or anybody at The Mirror, not the first time this happens.The Mirror is a joke!http://t.co/YpO9tSMMTa— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) February 23, 2014
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