The trio played together at Milan, helping the club to the 2011 Serie A title, before Ibrahimovic and Silva departed for Paris Saint-Germain the following year, and the latter revealed a funny story about the intimidating Swedish striker.
It takes a brave man, usually an opponent, to get on the bad side of Ibrahimovic, but it was team-mate Gattuso who learned the hard way after poking fun at him during a training session.
"The protagonist of this story is Zlatan Ibrahimovic," Brazil international Silva told Sky Deutschland.
"One day, during a training session, Gattuso spent all morning teasing Zlatan. He was provoking him, and Zlatan took it without apparently saying anything. In fact his revenge would come soon after.
"Rino [Gattuso] and Zlatan met again in the dressing room after training, and Ibra lifted the entire weight of his team-mate, flipped him over and threw him in the bin!
"It was crazy, we all started laughing thinking about Gattuso's face. I swear, I couldn't stop laughing for a week!"
Ibrahimovic has since gone on to guide PSG to four successive Ligue 1 titles, while the retired Gattuso is now coach of Italian third tier outfit Pisa.