backed up his bold claims earlier this week by scoring his second hat-trick in Major League Soccer to help LA Galaxy beat rivals Los Angeles FC on Friday night.
Ibrahimovic - who is second in the league's scoring charts with 16 goals - assumed centre stage in the LA derby, scoring a stunning treble to win the game. He then became embroiled in an incident with a rival coach at full-time.
A video surfaced on Twitter of the moment immediately after the whistle had sounded and it seemed a LAFC coach took issue with Ibrahimovic's celebrations. The striker instantly hit back and told the member of staff to 'go home, you little b****'.
Zlatan telling an LAFC coach to 'Go home, you little bitch' after scoring a hat-trick in a 3-2 win ?????? pic.twitter.com/QmY9OUIIfC
— Sean Kearns (@SeanPaulKearns) July 20, 2019
In the build-up to the latest chapter of 'El Trafico', the ex-Manchester United
forward described himself as 'by far' the best player in the MLS and 'like a Ferrari among Fiats'.
That dig also included former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela, the only man to have scored more goals than the Swede this season.
However, as usual, the forward backed up his words on the pitch.
LAFC opened the scoring in the fourth minute when Vela won and then converted from the penalty spot.
Ibrahimovic evened the game four minutes later when he received the ball from Julian Araujo, split defenders Walker Zimmerman and Eddie Segura and fired an acrobatic shot from the edge of the box that beat Tyler Miller.
ZLATAN HAT TRICK! ?????? #ElTrafico
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) July 20, 2019
He then gave the Galaxy the lead 11 minutes into the second half when he found himself under a cross from Diego Polenta, climbed over Jordan Harvey and headed it into the net.
Ibrahimovic completed the hat-trick 14 minutes later with a superb effort from 20 yards that left the goalkeeper helpless. Vela brought LAFC within one goal of snatching a point in the 97th minute but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation.
Speaking after the game, Ibrahimovic said: 'I have a lot of respect for Vela, he is a good player but you did one mistake, you compare him to me. That was your biggest mistake.'
Ibrahimovic's treble continued his remarkable run of goals against Galaxy's city rivals.
The 37-year-old scored twice on his debut last March, which was also the first-ever meeting against LAFC, and he now has six goals in four matches against Bob Bradley's team.