Henrikh Mkhitaryan has revealed how he helped to show Manchester United team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic that he is not the only ‘God’ at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils’ enigmatic Swedish striker has never been shy of billing himself as the spiritual leader of football.
He has earned such a standing through his achievements on the pitch, with his legendary status stretching well beyond the borders of his homeland.
Mkhitaryan is, however, a performer who enjoys similar acclaim, as a national hero in Armenia, and was able to prove that point to Ibrahimovic during a Europa League meeting with FC Rostov in March.
“Everyone knows Ibrahimovic calls himself the God. But when we landed in Rostov I told him: ‘You see who the real God is’,” Mkhitaryan told a Match TV documentary dedicated to his career.
“I’m joking. There were many Armenians chanting my name. After that he understood there is another God – me!”