Former Dutch winger Andy van der Meyde reveals he was beaten once by Zlatan Ibrahimovic after kissing him while he was sleeping on the team bus during their days together at Ajax
- Andy van der Meyde and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were Ajax stars in the early 2000s
- The pair often bumped heads, but it didn’t stop the Dutchman from making jokes
- The ex-winger has admitted Ibrahimovic once punched him after being kissed
Not many players would hug a sleeping Zlatan Ibrahimovic right now, but Andy van der Meyde wasn’t too afraid to fool the great Swede in his Ajax days.
The pair were teammates from 2001 to 2003 at the Dutch club, where ‘Ibra’ began to build his reputation as one of the greatest strikers of his generation.
Both, then in their early twenties, Van der Meyde and Ibrahimovic were big egos in a fiery dressing room with huge prospects like Rafael van der Vaart, and they were known for clashing with each other.
Andy van der Meyde has told the story of a time when he was beaten by Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The Swedish striker started his stunning career in the Netherlands and used to clash with the Dutchman
That didn’t stop the Dutch winger from provoking the striker he delivered on the pitch, and has revealed that he once deserved a punch for his sting.
“When we were at Ajax, I always sat next to Zlatan on the bus,” said the Dutch TV show VTBL.
“Once while he was sleeping, I got homosexual tendencies and just kissed him on the mouth. Seconds later I got a few blows.’
While the great Swede built a storied career and still scored goals for AC Milan at 39, Van der Meyde’s took a different path.
The winger planted a kiss on the legendary striker, but was punched for his joke
Van der Meyde’s life got out of hand when he ended up at Everton and started using drugs
The Dutch winger’s 11 goals and 14 assists in the 2002-03 Eredivisie season caught the attention of the major clubs in Europe, with Inter Milan securing his signature.
He never landed a starting spot in Italy, before a £2million move to Everton in 2005 kicked his life up a notch.
Van der Meyde had admitted cheating on his wife was his big mistake after moving to Merseyside, before turning to cocaine and alcohol as his relationship with David Moyes crumbled along with his playing time.
He played just 23 games for the Toffees, leaving in 2009 before retiring three years later. Now 41, the Dutchman won’t be seen in Goodison Park anytime soon.
When Aston Villa’s Anwar El Ghazi was associated with his former club in 2019, Van der Meyde advised: “Don’t. What a *** club. Do not do it! There you go broke. Just look at me.’