Both LeBron James and AC Milan star Zlatan were the latest star to had cross-sport war of words.
Zlatan speaking on Tuesday ahead of the Italian music festival Sanremo.
Speaking during a news conference AC Milan star said “Athletes unite the world, politics divide it,” he said. “Our role is to unite the world by doing what we do best. Athletes should be athletes and politicians should do politics.”
“Do what you’re good at. Do the category you do. I play football because I’m the best at playing football.
“I don’t do politics. If I would be a political politician, I would do politics. That is the first mistake people do when they become famous and they become in a certain status. Stay out of it. Just do what you do best, because it doesn’t look good.”
“If he [Lukaku] wants to come [to Sanremo], he’s welcome,” Ibrahimovic added. “What happens on the pitch stays on the pitch.”
James hasn’t hit back this time but he claimed he would ‘never shut up’
“I would never shut up about things that are wrong,” James said last week.
“I preach about my people, and I preach about equality. Social injustice. Racism. Systematic voter suppression. Things that go on in our community. Because I was a part of my community at one point and saw the things that was going on, and I know what’s going on still because I have a group of 300-plus kids at my school that are going through the same thing, and they need a voice. And I’m their voice. I’m their voice, and I use my platform to continue to shed light on everything that may be going on, not only in my community, but around this country and around the world.
So, there’s no way I would ever just stick to sports, because I understand how this platform and how powerful my voice is. “