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Mido: I almost killed Zlatan and we laughed about it
The new Manchester United signing also disclosed information about the heated brawl in his autobiography, I Am Zlatan, but ensured that it ended swiftly. Ibrahimovic wrote that the duo “left with [their] arms around each other.”
Verbal insults between Mido and Ibrahimovic after Ajax’s loss to arch rivals PSV Eindhoven almost ended with the former seriously injuring the latter by throwing a pair of scissors at him.
The 33-year-old has finally spoken about the incident and what caused him to react in that manner in a documentary titled Becoming Zlatan.
“My attitude has always been that if I’m not playing, you have a personal problem with me,” said Mido.
“I was very upset I didn’t start that game and when I was subbed on, we were 2-0 down, I think,” he recalled, and continued, “I argued with Zlatan and I was shouting at everyone and he was shouting back at me and I had scissors in my hand as I was taking the wrapping on my ankles.”
“Ten minutes later, I went into the shower and he was sitting at the jacuzzi. We just looked at each other and started laughing,” said Mido. “I said to Zlatan: ‘You know that I almost killed you?’ And he said: ‘Yeah, I know.’
That was all the ex-Zamalek player and coach had to say about the incident, but he continued talking about his early seasons in Europe.
“You don’t understand how people were following me back in Egypt. I was the only player from there playing at the top level so they were waiting for the Ajax game. They would say: ‘Ajax will play today, so we have to sit and watch Mido.’ All the coffee shops, the restaurants — everywhere was just waiting for the Ajax game,” explained Mido.
“When I got to the point where I had to fight a lot for my position, I handled things the wrong way,” he concluded.
Mido was then loaned out to Celta Vigo, before moving to Olympique Marseille permanently. From there, he eventually moved to Roma, Tottenham Hotspur, and Middlesbrough.