Swedish football legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic has sensationally revealed intriguing details about his kung-fu kick on Marco Materazzi, which ended up in the Italian being admitted to the hospital.
Ibrahimovic was only handed a yellow for the challenge during the heated fixture on November 14, 2010.
As reported by Mail, while speaking to GQ Magazine, Ibrahimovic recollected the whole saga as he said, "
Ibrahimovic went on, "
➡️ "I was at Juve [Juventus] and we played against Inter [Milan]. Materazzi tackled me like an assassin and hurt me. Four years later he came at me and I hit him with a Taekwondo move, I sent him to hospital." - Zlatan Ibrahimovic #DiskiFans pic.twitter.com/jcEIXQLYzJ— DISKIFANS (@diskifans) December 6, 2019
Revealing the moment he felt had the chance to get back at Materazzi, Ibrahimovic said, "In the first game, the 2010-11 derby, they were all against me. OK, this motivates me. But, if you don't have any control, it's not good. You'll lose your head and do something stupid. I got a penalty, and who fouled me? Materazzi. 1-0 Milan."
He described, "In the second half, Materazzi is coming at me and I hit him with a taekwondo move, I sent him to the hospital. [Dejan] Stankovic asked me; "Why did you do that?" And I replied to him: "I have been waiting for this moment for four years. That's why.
Materazzi, meanwhile, wasted little time in responding to Ibrahimovic and sarcastically thanked the striker, saying: "I came… I saw… I conquered…. Always and in any case, THANK YOU, Ibrahimovic. Without you we would never have WON."
He posted a photo of Jose Mourinho's Treble-winning Inter Milan team from 2009-10 with captain Javier Zanetti holding the Champions League trophy.