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Celtic legend Henrik Larsson discusses his relationship with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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The club hero has been talking about the similar upbringings he and the PSG player had in Sweden.

There is no doubt who Celtic's greatest player in recent memory has to be, Swedish striker Henrik Larsson. The one-time dreadlocked attacker arrived at the Glasgow club in 1997 from Dutch side Feyenoord.

He went on to score an incredible 242 goals for the club in 313 games before moving on to join Spanish giants Barcelona in 2004.

Nowadays the former goal machine is in management, at his beloved Helsingborgs IF.

This week the Celtic legend has been speaking to Swedish radio about all manner of subjects, including Swedish icon Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

He told Swedish radio station P4 Extra, as reported by Expressen, that he and Zlatan got on well in the Swedish national team, as both came from similar, difficult, upbringings:

"When I heard the word negro for the first time I wondered then what it was, so then you had to the question. That was where you learned to fight. My parents told me that it is a term of abuse, and that it was not a kind word. What do you do when you're six, seven years old? You do what you learned when you grew up with two brothers, to fight.

"I think we [Larsson and Zlatan] understood each other very early on, we knew each other and where we had come from. Children that are alike play best, that's how it is."

Larsson's family is descendant from Cape Verde while Zlatan is of Bosnian heritage. He grew up in a rough part of Malmo and both had to overcome some form of discrimination as youngsters to go on an become two of the best strikers in Europe.

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