The Paris Saint-Germain striker and Sweden captain Zlatan
Ibrahimovic has insisted that he was only trying to encourage his
team-mates, after the star was filmed clapping following Ronaldo's
Zlatan pointed out that he was only trying to motivate his
players, rather than showing appreciation to Ronaldo who was the
difference between the two sides.
"Was I applauding Ronaldo? No, I was just trying to encourage my team-mates," Ibrahimovic told La Gazzetta dello Sport."I clapped my hands to cheer them up and motivate them for the last few minutes."
The Swedish star though praised Ronaldo's talent and admitted his admiration for the Madrid man, even going on to say that the Portuguese is the best out there at counter-attacking. However, he also stressed on the fact that his team allowed the former United man too much space which he used to make the big difference.
"He's obviously a great player, but we allowed him way too much space.
Nobody's as good as he is on the counterattack. This game once more
showed his biggest qualities," added Ibrahimovic.
"Is he[Ronaldo] the best player in the world? I can only say that he scored one goal more than I did."