Former Leeds United and Crystal Palace forward Tomas Brolin has defended himself over comments made by former national teammate Mats Magnusson.

Both players were in the running for the 1990 Swedish Golden Ball Award, and the Leeds United and Crystal Palace flop picked up the prize.

Speaking to Expressen, Brolin was asked about recent comments made by Magnusson, after the former Benfica player said he didn’t deserve to get the award that year: “He had some amazing years when he was a professional in Benfica. I was a little newcomer and he did the best for me at the World Cup 90.

“I think there were many who thought it was fun that there was an “up and coming” guy.”

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Brolin came to England with a huge reputation when he signed for Leeds United from Parma, but had fitness and form issues whilst at Elland Road.

His attitude was questioned by Leeds United manager Howard Wilkinson, and eventually he was sold to Crystal Palace in 1998.

The Swede arrived at Selhurst Park still overweight, and again failed to make an impact. Brolin played 13 times for Crystal Palace, but never found the form he showed when he won the Swedish Golden Ball in 1990.

That ego is still intact, clearly, even if Brolin has further let go of his waistline.