The Milan striker, who is now in his fourth decade near the top of the professional game, feels he is no less a skilled star than the duo
Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he does not consider himself an inferior player to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, while the forward says that he considers himself ‘the best in the world’.
The AC Milan striker is widely regarded as one of the most productive players of his generation after a travel career in seven countries and 22 years.
However, the Swedish star has struggled to complete the honor that ordinary Ballon d’Or winners Messi and Ronaldo enjoy – but while playing proposals, he is one of the best players in the match, the 39-year-old says he does not in the player’s shadow.
What was said?
“Speaking of intrinsic properties, I have nothing less,” Ibrahimovic said. France football when asked about Ronaldo and Messi. ‘If you look at the trophies, [then] yes, I did not win the Champions League.
“But I do not know how you calculate it. I am not obsessed with it. Because if you do good things together, the individual follows. The individual cannot be good if the collective is not good.
“[Do] Do I miss the Ballon d’Or? No, it’s Ballon d’Or that I miss! Deep down, I think I’m the best in the world. I do not think it is relevant to compare players with each other.
‘Everyone played in their generation, with different teammates … [it’s] difficult to compare. I think everyone has their story and should face it. “
Ibrahimovic misses the highest honors
During a long period that helped him win trophies with Milan, Inter, Juventus, Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, to name a few, the striker has one of the most peculiar personalities of become the game.
Yet his failure to capture the Ballon d’Or is still one of the few holes on his record, albeit with the proviso that he played his peak years with the perennial winners Messi and Ronaldo.
Ibrahimovic missed Euro 2020 with an injury he sustained at Milan late in the 2020-21 season after retiring from the national team.
The bigger picture
Ibrahimovic will still have the chance to find more silverware this term, even if he turns 40 this year – and he will have the advantage of not starting at a new club.
Unlike Messi and Ronaldo, who swapped two of the former Swedes’ clubs at Barca and Juve for two more at PSG and United, he remains rooted at San Siro in Milan.
Stefano Pioli’s team sits fourth after two games and will dethrone another of Ibrahimovic’s former clubs at Inter for the Serie A title this term.