Sergio Aguero has hit back at former Man Utd star Zlatan Ibrahimovic for claiming the current Argentina squad will struggle to win another trophy without Lionel Messi.
The world champions are in hot water, after their final victory over France in Qatar, with FIFA announcing earlier this month that it was investigating their celebrations in the aftermatch of victory.
Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was criticised for appearing to make a vulgar gesture with his Golden Glove award following Argentina’s penalty shoot-out win last month.
He was also filmed in the dressing room mocking France’s Kylian Mbappe, although FIFA has not named any individuals, with Argentina cited for potential misconduct of players and officials and offensive behaviour and violations of the principles of fair play.
A number of players and pundits have had their say on the celebrations and now ex-Man Utd striker Ibrahimovic criticised the Argentina players for “behaving badly”.
Ibrahimovic told France Inter: “[Lionel] Messi is considered the best player in history, I was sure he was going to win.
“What will happen is that Mbappe will still win another World Cup. I’m not worried about him.
“I’m worried about the others in Argentina, because they will not win anything more. Messi has won everything and he will be remembered, but the rest who behaved badly, we can’t respect that.
“This is coming from me, speaking as a top professional player, that is a sign that you will win once, but you won’t win again. You don’t win like that.”
But Aguero hit back at Ibrahimovic, who he came up against during their time on the opposite sides of Manchester, by using Man Utd example to discredit his opinion.
Aguero said on Twitch: “Let’s remember that you [Ibrahimovic] also behaved badly, right? I remember that we played against United. I was on the bench. You were provoking, you were talking back.
“I think that before worrying about Argentina, you should worry about your country [Sweden], about your players, who didn’t even qualify for the last World Cup.
“I remember that you fought with [Nicolas] Otamendi in a game between City and United. You argued with Pep Guardiola. I imagine that’s why he wanted to sell you from Barcelona.
“You disrespected my teammates. What’s more, maybe you’re also talking to me because I was there. I feel like you shot me and now I’m shooting you. We are world champions, Zlatan.”
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