Tuesday May 26, 2020. 16:00
Legendary South African midfielder Steven Pienaar has discussed the rivalry between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mido.
The retired attacking midfielder played with the duo at Dutch football heavyweights, Ajax Amsterdam in the early 2000s.
It was reported that Swedish marksman Ibrahimovic threw a pair of scissors at former Egypt striker Mido after one of their matches in March 2003.
Pienaar has since clarified what transpired between the two players, who were both lethal in front of goal during their time at Ajax.
“It was the other way around! Two young boys who were winners. They were actually good friends,” Pienaar said on The Athletic.
“We’d played a Champions League game and they had an argument about who hadn’t passed the ball or something.
“The argument started on the pitch and carried on in the dressing room. My seat was next to Zlatan’s,” he continued.
“Mido was taking off the strapping from his ankles with scissors. He threw the scissors and they hit the wall between Zlatan and me.
“Senior players said it was good that we argued because it showed we had a winning mentality.
“It came out in the papers and looked like a big deal, but they actually drove home together after the game. We had a tight dressing room. There were senior players like Jari Litmanen and youngsters like myself and Zlatan,” he added.
“Christian Chivu was our captain, the man who’d do anything for the team. Good on the ball, strong, tactically sound and he could score for a defender.
“I would have had him in my team before any other player.”
Pienaar, Ibrahimovic and Mido helped Ajax win the KNVB Cup and Eredivisie title during the 2001/02 campaign.