While picking up the Ligue 1 Player of the Season award last month, Zlatan Ibrahimovic tried to give his acceptance speech in French. He failed miserably, with his Paris Saint-Germain teammates Salvatore Sirigu and Marco Verratti unable to control their laughter.
The Sweden international may be fluent in five languages, but it became clear that French is not one of them. The 32-year-old needs more French lessons, and it seems that Chelsea winger Eden Hazard is ready to be his tuitor.
Hazard, who was on the books of Ligue 1 outfit Lille from 2005 until 2012, is currently in Stockholm for Sunday's friendly international between Sweden and his country Belgium.
The 23-year-old, who has been heavily linked with a move to PSG this summer although he himself has always played down those reports, took to social networking site Twitter on Saturday to ask Ibrahimovic if they should meet up for a quick French lesson before the match.
Nice to be in Sweden! @Ibra_official official you want me to drop by for a quick lesson in French?— Eden hazard (@hazardeden10) May 31, 2014
Ibrahimovic is a very witty person and has been described by PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi as “very, very funny”. The former Barcelona and AC Milan striker wasn’t going to sit still and ignore Hazard’s tweet. In a typical ‘Zlatan fashion’, Ibra hit back at the 23-year-old.
Of course, all this was banter between two players who respect each other very much. While Ibrahimovic is still going strong at the age of 32 and is easily one of the world’s best strikers, Hazard is steadily progressing at Chelsea and is set to be a star for Belgium at the World Cup.
It will be interesting to see who comes out on top in the game between Sweden and Belgium: Hazard or Ibrahimovic.