Zlatan Ibrahimović · 347 pages
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“At Balkan, it was more like, ‘I’ll do your mum up the arse.’ They were mental Yugoslavs who smoked like chimneys and flung their boots about, and I thought, Great, just like at home.”
“I like being around warriors, and Mihajlović was a bruiser. He always did everything to win.”
“What was relegation into the second division, when my Dad had just become my biggest fan?”
“Först gick jag vänster och det gjorde han också. Sen gick jag höger och det gjorde han också. Sen stack jag vänster, och då gick han och köpte korv.”
“When I got home to Piazza Castello, everything was swimming around me, and I thought, I’ll take a shower, maybe that’ll help. But everything kept spinning. As soon as I moved my head, the whole world moved along with it, and finally I fell asleep in the bathtub. I was woken up by Helena, who just laughed at me. I’ve told her never to breathe a word about it.”
“But he didn’t meet any burglars. It was my Xbox, which was still on and had been humming along for three weeks, ever since I’d dashed off to take Juventus’s private plane to Milan.”
“This was fun,” Ali said. Myron was still smiling. Ali looked up at him with these wonderful green-brown eyes. She had red-blond hair and there were still remnants of childhood freckles. Her face was wide and her smile just held him. “What?” she said. “You look beautiful.” “Man, you are smooth.” “I don’t want to brag, but yes. Yes, I am.” Ali”
“A piano might fall on your head, he said, but it also might not. And in the meantime you never know. Something nice might happen.”
“My mum always said if you can’t say something nice, say something memorable.”
“Hai bisogno di uno con una mano grande così. [...] Uno che se ne sta con la mano alzata, forte, ferma, come la statua della Libertà, ma senza quel cono gelato. Solo con la mano aperta, in alto e allora tu... [...] tu da lontano, da qualsiasi punto della terra, vedrai quella mano e saprai che lì potrai posarti e riposare.”
“What else was I meant to do? Leave you to die?"
"I wouldn't have.”
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