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Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Soccer Legend Rips Team USA

'A Big Joke'

6/16/2014 7:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

061614_zlatan_ibrahimovic_launchSwedish soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic -- considered one of the best players in the world -- just ripped Team USA soccer ... at least, we think he did. 

The 32-year-old Swedish-born striker was out at Boa Steakhouse in L.A. over the weekend -- instead of Brazil -- because Sweden didn't qualify for the World Cup tournament 

So, while he was in town ... we asked who he thinks will take home the title. 

His response -- "USA."

We asked if he was joking. He shot back -- "A big joke."

Dude, did Zlatan just talk smack?? 

Pretty ballsy for a guy who's team couldn't crack the top 32 ... then again, the Team USA coach would probably agree with him. 

GO USA!!!!

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swedishmale    

Lol he didn't rip the team.. Plus it's much harder for europeans teams to qualify for the World Cup then for team USA, we only have Mexico so we have to be in world cup every team if we are not it's embarrassing.

75 days ago
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Colombian necktie    

This dude is good , USA soccer team sucks sorry guys

75 days ago
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daintymeg    

I think he had a tougher route to the world cup. ..compared to Sweden. ..usa had a cake walk. He is better than evey player on USA as well...he can say what he wants. ..its true

75 days ago
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Zlatan    

If TMZ staff didn't ask such stupid questions ,..
They wouldn't get such stupid answers. Period.
Zlatan is an amazing world class athlete. Treat him with respect not come at him with a fat american ego

75 days ago
5.

lourdgoogoo    

Given the draw, the USA might not even make it out of their group.

75 days ago
6.

Royce    

Media... Zlatan did not talk smack about the American national team, Just the media that wants clicks and views.

75 days ago
7.

Al    

hey you guys started it! Asking "is it hard watching the WC without playin?" what'd u expect u naive ****s :D

75 days ago
8.

Gia    

Go Colombia !!

75 days ago
9.

manonyme    

...if he wants to talk about jokes -- see if he wants to explain this pic of him and his buddy saying goodbye...

https://secure.flickr.com/photos/2360...3760...@N06/11103314064/

74 days ago
10.

Jonas    

Nunca ganhou uma Champions League. ele está com raiva que não pôde ficar junto do Piqué. gay gay gay robocop gay

74 days ago
11.

Azgal    

Who cares, soccer is a joke.

73 days ago
12.

Cromulent    

Zlatan has pretty much earned the right to say whatever he wants. Put up a video of one of his golazos.

65 days ago
13.

Rob    

Couldn't crack the top 32?

They had Germany in their qualifying group where they finished 2nd, then they had to play Portugal over 2 legs,

Its a crime that country's like Honduras and Iran make it into the World cup, and teams like Denmark and Sweden don't

61 days ago

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