Even in France Joey Barton still finds himself getting attention back home.
He may have lost his title as the most famous Englishman to be plying his trade in Ligue 1 following the arrival of David Beckham at PSG, but he holds the award for still by far and away the most mouthy player anywhere – possibly of all time.
Barton really doesn’t care who he is giving stick to as long as he is, whether it be Dietmar Hamann, the cast of ‘The Only Way is Essex’ or now Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who just so happens to be one of the best footballers in the world.
Barton, not one to be put off by a name, politely tells the Swedish striker what he thinks of the size of his hooter in this video, after what the former Manchester City, Newcastle United and QPR midfielder perceived to be an unfair challenge.
He may not be in the same class as Zlatan on the field, but there are few capable of matching the scouse midfielder in a war of words – even if most of them are crude, childish and in bad taste.