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Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Ethnic Swedish
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Org Swedish National Team
Club as Player La Galaxy
  Paris Saint-Germain
  Inter Milan
  Manchester United
  Barcelona FC

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Agent Mino Raiola

2013 08 31 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic responds to being asked why he doesn’t have a moniker like fellow Ligue 1 strikers Edinson Cavani (El Matador) and Radamel Falcao (El Tigre)] Why don’t I have a nickname? To be scared of me, you just have to see me play!

2013 09 14 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Jose Mourinho] He dragged things out of me that no other coach had done before. When I was playing under him, I was feeling like a terminator. I was so confident in my game. From being a cat I felt like a lion

2013 11 23 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic following Sweden’s failure to reach Brazil 2014] One thing is for sure: a World Cup without me is not worth watching

2013 11 30 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the FIFA Ballon d’Or] I do not need to win this trophy to know I am the best

2013 12 30 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on his childhood] I wasn’t hungry, I was very hungry. I stole many bikes. I also stole cars. That was how we got by. We did those things on adrenaline, motivation. I came from Rosengard. In Sweden it’s considered a ghetto, but for me it was paradise

2013 12 31 Retrieve

[Certainly, nobody was laughing after Ibrahimovic airs his views on the fairer sex and football] With all respect for what the ladies have done, and they’ve done it fantastically well, you can’t compare men’s and women’s football. Give it up, it’s not even funny.

2013 12 31b Retrieve

[Ibra underlines that the game’s biggest tournament will be a poorer place for the absence of the game’s biggest mouth] One thing is for sure, a World Cup without me is nothing to watch, so it is not worthwhile to wait for the World Cup

2013 12 31c Retrieve

[Zlatan proves with this wonderful exchange with a reporter ahead of his nation’s World Cup playoff against the Seleccao that while he might not be the Messiah, he is a very arrogant man] Who’ll win between Portugal and Sweden? Only God knows …. It’s difficult to ask Him…No, you’re talking to Him now.

2013 12 31d Retrieve

[Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic reveals that his former fashion icon of a teammate is not so cool after all] We were looking through his playlist in the dressing room - there was lots of Justin Bieber, Jonas Brothers and Selena Gomez … It is nice to know that even David Beckham doesn’t have good taste in everything

2014 02 23 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on being asked what it felt like to score a screamer with his weaker foot against Bayer Leverkusen] I don’t have a weaker foot

2014 09 06 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on becoming Sweden’s all-time leading goalscorer, surpassing Sven Rydell’s previous record of 49 goals set in 1932] I’m glad it’s done. It means a lot to me and my whole family, and everyone around me. I think the nicest goal is the one against England. Nothing beats it. But all goals are important because they have helped me get the record

2014 09 13 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic after becoming Sweden’s all-time record scorer] I knew that I’d beat the record. I think I deserve it. It’s a wonderful feeling, but I am certain I’ll score many more goals for Sweden and PSG. I became a top scorer when I met Capello. When he was at Juventus he showed me a video of Marco van Basten’s best goals and said, ‘You have to do it like that.’ I was young and learned so much from that anthology of football. From that day, I started scoring like the greats. Plus, you’ve seen nothing yet

2015 01 10 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on finishing runner-up to Bjorn Borg in Sweden’s greatest all-time sportsman] He is a cool person and a living legend. But finishing second is like finishing last. With respect to the others, I should have been first, second, third, fourth and fifth

2015 02 07 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic following on the Paris Saint-Germain fans following their win over Rennes] I am disappointed by the boos. We played well, we won. We don’t understand what these guys want. Whether we win or we lose, they boo us. Maybe they are in the habit of eating caviar before they come to see us

2015 02 14 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on his next target after getting a statue of himself in a Paris museum] The next step? I don’t know… Maybe replacing the Eiffel Tower with an Ibrahimovic statue…

2015 03 13 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the Chelsea players’ reaction to his red-card-prompting tackle on Oscar] It felt like I had 11 babies around me

2015 08 23 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on his father] My father wanted me to be a lawyer but I had a hard time seeing myself as a lawyer. But I’m a huge UFC fan, so probably something within the UFC or martial arts. I would see myself good in that

2015 10 11 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic reveals his admiration for England’s top goalscorer Wayne Rooney] These great players, they have their moments over one to three years but to continue over five years, for ten years the way Wayne Rooney has done is not easy. It’s pressure everyday playing for a big team. He runs a lot, he fights a lot, he sacrifices a lot. When he played with Cristiano Ronaldo all the work was done by Wayne Rooney but he didn’t get the credit because [Ronaldo](cristiano-ronaldo.html) was scoring all of the goals

2015 10 17 Retrieve

[An ever-so-humble Zlatan Ibrahimovic after recently turning 34-years-old] I’m still here doing what I have to do and doing it better and better. I’m like a fine wine that gets better with age

2015 11 10 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] We were looking through his playlist in the dressing room - there was lots of Justin Bieber, Jonas Brothers and Selena Gomez. We were expecting some cool English rock bands and hip hop. It is nice to know that even David Beckham doesn’t have good taste in everything

2015 11 11 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] As a footballer it is important to be yourself and live your life - not to live in a bubble, not enjoying your life. That is what I admire about Beckham. The attention that follows him, is not easy to live out your life. But he does it. I even told him that I admired him because he brings his children to surfing, to the park. I felt sometimes I would stay at home, because I want to be left alone. But after I saw him, he brought me off the couch and he motivated me to take my family out and do these things. If he can do it, then me, someone with 10% of his attention, can do it

2015 11 12 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] As a person, he is amazing. He was shy in the beginning, for the first two months. But after that I really got to know him and we had a fantastic time. Everybody knows him as a footballer. You read a lot about him, you hear a lot about him. When you meet the real person, I have only positive things to say. The person who has negative things to say is either jealous or hates him. Because there are no negative things to say about him - that is my view

2015 11 14 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the prospect of representing Sweden at the UEFA EURO 2016 in France next summer] I would love to play at the European Championship in France. I have played there for four years. I have put Sweden on the world map and now I have put France on the world map too

2015 11 21 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic after defeating Denmark in the play-offs to send Sweden to UEFA EURO 2016] They said they were going to send me to retirement. I sent their whole nation into retirement

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[on Patrick Vieira] For me, [Patrick] Vieira, is one of the best players I ever played with. The guy was a monster when I played and he [taught] me a lot outside and inside the pitch

2016 02 13 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] When I got to know him, he was amazing. He dragged things out of me that no other coach had done before. When I played I felt like a terminator, I felt so confident under him. When he had his talk before the game, he made you feel from being a cat to like a lion. When I came out I was so confident in my game. The way he was, the personality he had, we just clicked. There was no question of arguing with him. Everything was flowing in a positive way. I felt much better as a footballer in my mind and in the way I was playing

2016 02 14 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] Jose Mourinho is a big star … he’s cool. The first time he met (my wife) he whispered to her: ‘Helena you have only one mission. Feed Zlatan, let him sleep, keep him happy’. The guy says what he wants. I like him

2016 02 15 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] He formed an attachment to me even before we met. He would become a guy I was basically willing to die for. I felt increasingly that this guy gives everything for the team, so I want to give everything for him. It was a quality he had. People were willing to kill for him

2016 02 20 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaking to the English press in the mixed zone after Paris Saint-Germain’s UEFA Champions League win over Chelsea] I have another three months here and, then, what will happen? Big things will happen

2016 03 19 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic after leading the club to its fourth consecutive Ligue 1 title in record-setting fashion] For the moment, I will not be at PSG next season. I still have a month and a half left here. If they replace the Eiffel Tower with a statue of me [I would stay]

2016 04 09 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic when asked if he would like to follow on from Cristiano Ronaldo by having a film made about him and, subsequently, who he would like to see play him on screen] Anything is possible, we will have to see. [But] Nobody can play Zlatan

2016 05 14 Tweets

[Zlatan c’s tweet got the entire football world speculating on the Sweden forward’s future] My last game tomorrow at Parc des Princes. I came like a king, left like a legend

2016 05 28 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic explains that his next destination, having left Paris Saint-Germain, is already decided, but he will be keeping the rest of us in the dark a little longer] The future is already written. I have made my choice. I enjoy reading what the media write. It’s fun

2016 06 11 Retrieve

[Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic opens up about his family life and shares his dreams for his children ahead of EURO 2016] Beckham is a cool guy. I look up to him. It is not easy to be him. He has a family, but outside he is a machine. I keep them (his family) outside of all this. I don’t want them to live my life. My boys will not live in my shadow. They will become better than me. They train. But I judge hard. I care about discipline and respect. They need to learn the principles. I just hope they become two ninjas

2016 06 25 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic posting a farewell letter on his Facebook page after retiring from international football] I came from this place people call ‘ghetto Rosengård’, conquered Sweden and made it my country. My way. I am Sweden. A huge thank you to the Swedish people - without you I would never have been able to fulfil my dreams. You will always be in my blue and yellow heart. I love you.

2016 06 30 Tweet

[In a style typical of the recently retired Swedish international, ​Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced his move to Manchester United before the English Premier League club made the news official] Time to let the world know. My next destination is @ManUtd

2016 07 18 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic has responded to Eric Cantona’s claim that he cannot be the king of Manchester] I admire Cantona. And I heard what he said. But I won’t be King of Manchester. I will be God of Manchester

2016 08 05 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic told he’s relishing linking up with his ‘perfect partner’ in attack, Wayne Rooney] I said many years ago the perfect partner for a striker is Wayne Rooney. He works not only for himself but for the striker and the whole team. I’m absolutely happy to be one of the guys beside him. I think he’s had a fantastic career.

2016 08 13 Retrieve

[Manchester United new boy Zlatan Ibrahimovic warns not to confuse his confidence for arrogance] People have the image of me that I’m a bad boy; I’m this and I’m that. People are curious: ‘How is this Zlatan?’ I’m a family guy. I’m taking care of my family, but when I come on the pitch I’m a lion. That’s the big difference. I don’t believe I’m arrogant in the way that people think. I’m confident. I believe in myself. That’s not being arrogant. That’s something I believe is an individual strength in the human being. I have confidence and I believe in myself. I have a vision and I do everything. I work hard for it. I don’t believe that’s arrogant

2016 09 17 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic says exciting prospect Marcus Rashford’s time will come] First of all, he’s 18, he’s still young. He has a lot of time. I think the way you have to approach a player like that, where everyone is talking about the talent and what he’s able to do and what kind of potential he has, is to remember he still has a lot of time. It’s not like he needs to take over the world today, the club knows that, the coach knows that and the team knows that. We know his quality and what he’s able to do. What the world is seeing now, we already know because we see it every day. There is no need to rush to push him and put him in the heat zone and put a lot of pressure on him because that can have the opposite effect. Time by time, he will take over everything. It’s about having patience. I’ll help him every day, him and all the others, in any way I can. I’m happy it gives an effect but, even if I was not here, they would still do good

2016 11 12 Retrieve

[Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts when told by a reporter that he scored the 25,000 goal in Premier League history, after United’s 3-1 win at Swansea City] I thought only I scored 25,000?

2017 01 14 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaks about his strong start to the Premier League season] I have no individual targets because that I did already, after three months in England. After I conquered England - it took three months!

2017 02 18 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic compares himself with the fictional archaeologist] Every trophy for me is incredible, everywhere I came I won so if I can win something here, I will be super happy. People that know me know that I play in many clubs and I try to do my best. Wherever I went, I won - so I am like Indiana Jones

2017 04 08 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic tells why he does not consider himself one of the best goalscorers in the English Premier League] For me, I like a striker that makes the difference. Romero Lukaku is strong, he’s more the physical player that scores a lot of goals. Sergio Aguero, he’s good. Lions, they don’t compare themselves with humans

2017 04 15 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaks after scoring in his side’s 3-0 win over Sunderland] I feel like Benjamin Button. I was born old and I will die young

2017 04 29 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic posts about his knee injury on Instagram] I will go through this like everything else and come back even stronger. So far, I played with one leg so it shouldn’t be any problem. One thing is for sure, I decide when it’s time to stop and nothing else. Giving up is not an option. See you soon

2017 08 26 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaks after re-signing with Manchester United] I come back to finish what I started. There were a couple of teams reaching out who wanted to have Ibra-cadabra in their team … but I had such a great year with United. We had a great season, we won three trophies, fantastic guys, a great club, a coach that I know from before and my family was happy. It’s not always about the sporting thing you chose when you sign for a club

2017 09 16 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic gives an update on his knee injury] The knee is almost there. I want everybody to have patience, and when I come back, the world will know

2018 03 10 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaves the door open for a possible return to the Swedish national team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia] We’ll see, it’s a tough question. I want to feel that I can perform and give back. I don’t want to come just because I’m somebody. The door isn’t closed for anything. I miss the national team. When you’ve played in the national team for 20 years and then you’re not in it anymore, and you see the others playing in the national team, it’s tough. It’s tough in general, when you think that I’m injured and not playing. I want to play, with the club team, with the national team, it’s the same thing. They [the Swedish national team] have done a good job. I don’t think anyone needs to call. If I want to, I’m there, that’s how it is. But one thing at a time. When I can do what I want to, I’ll have other thoughts

2018 03 24 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic talks about his move from Manchester United to the Los Angeles Galaxy] Coming to play in the United States, it is only fitting for me to join the most successful team in Major League Soccer, the LA Galaxy

2018 03 31 Retrieve

[Newly-signed Los Angeles Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic during his official presentation press conference] I feel young. I feel like Benjamin Button. I was born old, and I will die young

2018 04 21 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Jimmy Kimmel Live] I’m going to the World Cup, yes. I just said I’m going to the World Cup. If I say more, people will hang me so I have to be careful what I say now. A World Cup without me wouldn’t be a World Cup

2018 08 02 Tweet

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic posts an inspirational message on about his recovery from injury] They said it was over. I said NO

2018 09 22 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic after scoring the 500th goal of his career] I am happy for Toronto FC because they will be remembered as my 500th victim

2018 11 24 Retrieve

My wife does not allow me to have pictures of myself. She says, ‘There is already enough talk of you and I don’t want to see you on the walls - it is enough that I see you in real life’. But there is one of my feet on the wall. That is what has given us what we have, it is a reminder for the family, not for me, of what we have. That is what has created the whole situation, the whole buzz around me - the two feet. Even if it is ugly toes, we don’t care - we put it on the wall just as a reminder, we have food to eat thanks to those feet, so you should kiss those feet every day - no, I’m joking. Every footballer’s toes and feet around the world are ugly - there is no beautiful out there

2019 03 04 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic said of Alvarez after Saturday’s win] I said yesterday when I was talking to the media, I think he’s the best talent in MLS by far. The club, the team, the coach have to take care of him in the right way. He needs to work hard. He needs to focus and don’t lose the focus because of the hype, just continue to work

2019 04 06 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he fell just short of a promise he made with his son] It was really close [to a hat-trick]. I should have scored. I promised my son three goals, and because of a bad pass, I didn’t give three goals to my son

: 2019 05 30 Zlatan Ibrahimovic starred for the LA Galaxy on his return from suspension

2019 05 30b Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrhimovic says the LA Galaxy are not just aiming for one of the top playoff places in the Western Conference, but the Supporters Shield for the league’s best record] Our target is not top four, it’s number one. The playoff games are seven places. I don’t care about the seven, I care about number one. That is what we want and what we are playing for.

[The Galaxy have since bounced back with a pair of victories] The season will be up and down. But the important thing is to keep the low performance very high, and not like we had the one and a half weeks where we were losing four in a row. We are aiming to become number one

: 2019 06 03 Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s latest stroke of goal-scoring magic wasn’t enough to deny Bruce Arena a winning return to coaching. Ibrahimovic scored a stunning bicycle kick goal in the closing minutes, but it wasn’t enough to prevent New England’s 2-1 victory.

2019 06 03b Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic says his latest wondergoal is one he will not allow to live long in the memory] This one [I] need to forget as soon as possible. Even if you score a goal of the year, this is [one] to forget very fast.

[For Galaxy, the defeat means they have now lost three straight home matches to slip nine points off Western Conference leaders and city rivals Los Angeles FC] Maybe this is who we are, to be realistic. We have ups and downs and the reality will catch you sooner or later. We just have to do our best and fight for it

: 2019 06 13 Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 2019 salary of $7.2 million (£5.7m) is a new MLS record, usurping the $7.1m paid to Sebastian Giovinco in 2017 and 2018

: 2019 06 21 Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Vela are among the big names to be selected to the Major League Soccer All-Star XI ahead of their clash with Atletico Madrid. The MLS squad will face off against the Spanish giants on July 31 in Orlando, with a team selected by a combination of fan vote, Orlando City head coach James O’Connor and league commissioner Don Garber.

2019 07 05 Retrieve

[The Swede scored a brace against Toronto on Thursday despite his name being wrongly spelt ‘Irbahimovic’ on the back of his shirt, La Galaxy superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic joked with reporters after noticing a glaring printing error on his shirt] I didn’t see, I just saw a picture now. Happy Fourth of July was early for the kit guy, I think. He celebrated before the game, not after the game.

[The ex-United forward hadn’t scored in four weeks prior to the clash with Toronto, but he insists that he never doubted the goals would start flowing again] Goals I will score, this is the last problem I have. I just need to be in the right spot, the right position, which is most difficult. I’m not worried about the goals, the collective performance is more important. If that is good the goals will come

: 2019 07 06 Paul Pogba responded to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s bottle cap challenge in double the style

2019 07 08 Tweet

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not known for his modesty and that was again evident in the latest Twitter post from the LA Galaxy forward] My favourite team of all time. I only have to decide the coach. Maybe will be Zlatan.

2019 07 13 Retrieve

[LA Galaxy vs San Jose Earthquakes. Young talent from the country has been emerging in LA in the form of 17-year-old Efrain Alvarez, who marked his first MLS start with an assist] He’s the biggest talent in the league. He’s ready to play

2019 07 15 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he would be open to a return to Ajax in a front-office position after his playing career comes to a close] Normally I don’t return to clubs where I have already played, but maybe after my career I can become a director at Ajax. Then I would do a better job than anyone who is sitting there now. Ajax is still my club in the Netherlands and I am proud to have been part of it, especially when I see how they present themselves in Europe. They have done what nobody expected and produce players that they are used to producing. It’s wonderful to see

2019 07 18 Retrieve

[He was asked what might be in Area 51] Not another Zlatan. Ibrahimovic joked with reporters

[Asked if they would let Ibrahimovic into Area 51] I have my own area 51.

2019 07 19 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic feels ‘like a Ferrari among Fiats’ in MLS] MLS is not the level of Europe, to be honest. Before, I played with players either on my level or close to it. Which makes the game connect easier. Here, I am like a Ferrari among Fiats. And it can happen that the Ferrari can become the Fiat, or the Fiat can become the Ferrari. I had the same issue with the national [Swedish] team, though not as much. I said, ‘I don’t accept it. I don’t accept when the ball doesn’t arrive, or arrives too late. I want them to come up to my level.’ All of this makes me slow down a bit. The game here [in America] could be so much faster, so much more tactical, so much more rhythmic

[the Galaxy star isn’t worried about the Golden Boot chase, as long as he’s helping his side find results] If the team goes good, you do good as individuals, but I’m not focusing on [the Golden Boot chase]. As long as I can help my team in the best way, I will try to score the goals to help the team. That’s part of my responsibilities, part of my job. I’m trying, but a race against him? That is not important

2019 07 19b Retrieve

[LA Galaxy star Ibrahimovic claims he’s ‘by far’ the best player in the MLS ahead of Carlos Vela] By far, because if he’s in his prime. How old is he? Twenty-nine. And he’s playing in MLS and he’s in his prime. When I was 29 [I was in Europe]. Big difference

That [derby] atmosphere keeps me alive, that keeps me on my toes. Hopefully it will be a nice atmosphere like that on Friday. I think it will be. It gives you energy, it gives you adrenaline. The most hyped derby I have played is El Clasico [between Real Madrid and Barcelona]. The most intense I have to go Italy. Milan-Inter, those were good games

[Ibrahimovic’s last year at Old Trafford was blighted by injury, but he always had a burning desire to play in the United States and is happy that a move eventually came to fruition] I chose to come here because I said that one day I will play in America and I will show them how to play the game. And unfortunately, I had an injury and it slowed me down and my process to come here. But in the end I came. And I’m feeling good. And I still feel like I can perform. And that’s the most important

2019 07 20 Retrieve

[Hat-trick hero Ibrahimovic says Comparing Carlos Vela to him was a big mistake] I have a lot of respect for Vela. He’s a good player but you made one mistake: you compared him with me. That was your biggest mistake. I believe in myself. People call it arrogant, I call it confidence. Ignorant people call it arrogant, intelligent people call it confidence

The Ferrari had a lot of fuel today. It was a good game. We conceded the last goal in the end - that wasn’t necessary, we should have held it. But we won the game and that’s most important. We did a good game, I think the fans were happy. And, yeah, the rival of LA… we don’t need to say any more. It feels good. Every time you score three goals it’s a nice feeling - especially against LAFC. I told you I would make them famous and make them remember me

2019 07 26 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic avoided a suspenion from Major League Soccer this week. The league ruled that the LA Galaxy star was not deserving of a ban for an incident with Mohamed El-Munir in the club’s 3-2 win over Los Angeles FC last Friday] I jumped like I jump every other duel. It’s not something [I do] on purpose or to hurt the guy, the only difference is I’m taller than everybody. So when I jump like that, it gets in the position of the [opponent and] it looks different. But I jump like every other duel, and that is the way I play my game. Nothing harm or whatever

I feel like I am hunted. But when you are the best, you’re hunted. The only thing I say is I hope it’s not personal [that] everybody says this, because personal and professional is two different things. And I hope the referee has a fair view on the whole thing. The thing I don’t agree with: when you lose a game, to be a bad loser like that. We don’t lower ourselves to that level. If we lose, we lose. Nothing to do, we can just work harder and do better the next game. When you still complain for losing, still crying for losing, still trying for losing, it’s another level

Even the owners are complaining. Which level is this? If you cannot beat us on the field, you try to be on the side and do things that don’t belong to the game. It is what it is

2019 07 27 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic analyses his memorable performance in LA Galaxy’s 3-2 win over cross-town rivals LAFC, which included a hat-trick and a clash with an LAFC player] When you’re the best, you’re hunted

2019 07 29 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic, during his own Fortnite stream on Twitch earlier in the year, admitted that he would not be appearing as a playable Fortnite character any time soon, jokingly stating] They cannot afford to have me

2019 07 31 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Manchester United would be well advised to let Paul Pogba leave if he isn’t to prepared to commit to the club] I think if he does not want to stay there is no sense to keep him. If he wants to be somewhere else then let him go. Use the situation and bring someone in who wants to be there

[Ibrahimovic believes that the effect the long-running saga has on the dressing room is not the major concern but is something the club has to tackle] In the dressing room the players respect each other. They are professional and they understand each other’s situations. Who worries more is the club and the management because you do not want a player in your club that does not want to stay, because then you know they will not be giving 100 or 200 per cent. It is a tricky situation but the most important thing is what is best for the club. That is what you have to look at

[Ibrahimovic’s remarks come as Wayne Rooney added his thoughts on the subject saying] Behind the scenes I am sure they’re working on whether to keep him or whether to let him go. If the player want to stay, he’ll stay and prove what a good player he is. It’s obviously down to the club, to the board, to the manager, but I think also to the player

2019 08 09 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic critical of MLS playoffs] I think the system is s***. How can you learn mentality if you only have to reach the playoffs? You just need to win the play-offs, and that’s it. The results in each game are important, but here, if you come in seventh place, you make the playoffs and win, you are champion. For me, the mentality is every day, training the way you train is the way you play a game, and with the MLS system, how do you create that mentality to be in your toes 24 hours?It’s very difficult

2019 08 14 Retrieve

[Recently asked about the play-off approach in the MLS, Zlatan Ibrahimovic didn’t hold back in his assessment] I think the system is sh*t. How can you learn mentality if you only have to reach the playoffs? You just need to win the play-offs, and that’s it. The results in each game are important, but here, if you come in seventh place, you make the playoffs and win, you are champion. For me, the mentality is every day, training the way you train is the way you play a game, and with the MLS system, how do you create that mentality to be in your toes 24 hours? It’s very difficult

2019 08 16 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic has warned LA Galaxy fans not to get used to seeing Cristian Pavon, who he claims is ‘too good’ to stay in Major League Soccer for very long] He is very good. He is too good for MLS. I think MLS will not have him for a long time. We should enjoy him while he is here

[Pavon is good enough that the two can connect on the field without much time to learn each other’s styles] When you have a player like that, you don’t need to say much. You just communicate in the game and try to make the best of it. He knows what he is doing. This is his second game and he was the best on the field and today he made a difference. I have played with many players and I see when a player is the difference, and he is the difference

2019 08 26 Tweet

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts after the latest instalment of ‘El Trafico’, which saw LA Galaxy and LAFC draw 3-3] My city! My game! My rules!

2019 08 28 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic: If Man Utd needs me, I’m here!] I could play easy in the Premier League, so if United needs me, I’m here. But Galaxy has me, so I’m sorry. Nah, I did my job in Europe. I enjoyed it, I have 33 trophies that I brought with me here and hopefully I can get something here. And then we will see where that adventure finishes

[With United crashing to a 2-1 home defeat against Crystal Palace, the Swede says he watched the match and he believes luck deserted his former team] I saw [Manchester United’s] last game and I think they were unlucky. If they score the penalty, it’s a different game but a game in England is not finished until its finished. Anything can happen, especially in the last minutes where everything is in the heat of the moment

[With Pogba declaring he wanted a new challenge before the start of the new season, Ibrahimovic revealed he was a confidante to the French World Cup winner] I speak with him. A lot of advice I give - but nothing I share with you!

2019 08 30 Retrieve

[In trademark Ibrahimovic fashion, the striker teased the possibility of a return to the English top-flight, before suggesting he was happy with his European career and was focused on winning silverware with his current employers] I could play easy in the Premier League, so if United needs me, I’m here. But Galaxy has me, so I’m sorry. Nah, I did my job in Europe. I enjoyed it, I have 33 trophies that I brought with me here and hopefully, I can get something here. And then we will see where that adventure finishes

2019 09 11 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s iconic standing in Swedish football is to be marked with the unveiling of a statue in his hometown of Malmo in October] I’m very happy with the decision to place the statue in Malmo, it was my wish from the very beginning. This is where everything started, and this is where my heart is

It feels unreal. Many are thinking ‘why him?’ and so on, but after all the hard work over 15 years in the national team and 20 years in my club career, it feels like it’s being appreciated. You usually get this after you die, but I still feel alive. When I die, this will live on forever

[The former Sweden international, who once described himself as a lion, not a human, still follows Manchester United’s results] The lion still roars, yes. I could still play easily in the Premier League. If United need me, I’m here. But right now ­Galaxy have me and that’s what I’m concentrating on. I did my job in Europe. I enjoyed it. I have 33 trophies that I brought with me and hopefully I can win something here and then we will see where I finish

2019 09 16 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic: Scoring goals is easy, you just have to be like Zlatan] Scoring goals is easy, you just have to be like Zlatan and it’s coming. I try to help the team in the best way and that is by scoring goals. I scored and I have to keep going, I have to help my team in the best way and that is to score goals and make it easier for everybody

[Joe Corona headed the hosts in front after the interval, with Ibrahimovic’s second goal of the match setting the club’s new record before Uriel Antuna got in on the act] It’s a great result, it was a good game. The result says something else but the first half was very even, we played against a good team which plays good football. In the second we were stronger and when we got the opportunities we were scoring so that was the difference. It’s good, we still have four games to go. To win, to get the confidence, even to score many goals for the goal difference. Everyone did a good job, even if we were a little bit tired in the end, but we did a good job

2019 09 16b Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic claimed he is the best to ever play in Major League Soccer following a dominant performance in a 7-2 LA Galaxy win over Sporting Kansas City on Sunday] I think I’m the best that has ever played in MLS. And that’s without joking

[When asked why] Have you been watching the two years I’ve been playing [here]?

[Ibrahimovic was asked if winning a title is required for him to lay claim to the best-ever title in the league] No. I want it [the MLS Cup] because I play for it. Not to show who I am

[Ibrahimovic believes that rate of return shows he has lived up to the goals he set upon arriving in the league] I said from the first day when I came, I’m not here for vacation. I’m here to perform and show everybody what the game is about. I think in the two years I’ve had here, I’ve done good things, amazing things, perfect things

2019 09 21 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic shares his secret to goal-scoring success] I have to keep going and help my team in the best way, and I think the best way is to score goals and make it easy for everybody. To score goals is easy - you just have to be like Zlatan

2019 09 29 Retrieve

[When asked his impact on his team and the league] I think I’m the best that has ever played in MLS. And that’s without joking. Have you been watching the two years I’ve been playing here?

[Quizzed if winning a title is required for him to lay claim to the best-ever title in the league] No. I want it [the MLS Cup] because I play for it. Not to show who I am

2019 10 08 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career has taken him from Malmo to the LA Galaxy via the likes of Juventus, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, with the Swede claiming he has succeeded because he chose to be myself] The statue means a lot. That’s my legacy. That’s what I’ve been through, what I stand for. It will become a symbol for those who feel just like I did, a symbol that you can succeed no matter where you come from, no matter what you look like, even if you feel different or don’t feel welcome. Not just when it comes to football, it stands for so much more than just football players.

Everyone who feels they need support, needs power, energy: just look at the statue, or come to the statue. It’s proof that you can succeed if you believe in yourself. I’m no bigger than anyone else, it could be anyone. It’s as simple as that. I’m not chosen or special in any way, I fought and believed in myself. When I started my career, it wasn’t like I had someone who’d gone before me that I could ask. I remember asking Henrik Larsson: ‘What should I do? How should I do it? Explain it to me’.

He said very simply: ‘No one has been in your shoes, no one has been in your situation. What should you do? You’ll find that path yourself’. So I had no one I could lean on, or talk to about this. No one could explain to me how everything worked. I had to find the balance myself, I had to build self-confidence and find my own way. In all these aspects I chose to be myself

2019 10 09 Retrieve

[The former Sweden international posted a photo on Instagram of the plaster cast of the work] When you come to New York you have the Statue of Liberty, when you come to Sweden you have the Statue of Zlatan

2019 10 09b Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic is on a break ahead of the MLS playoffs, having scored 30 goals in 29 regular-season games in 2019 to help his team finish fifth in the Western Conference. They next face Minnesota United on October 20 at Allianz Field with Ibrahimovic previously making no secret of the fact he’s not a fan of playoffs] I think the system is sh*t. How can you learn mentality if you only have to reach the playoffs? You just need to win the play-offs, and that’s it. The results in each game are important, but here, if you come in seventh place, you make the playoffs and win, you are champion. For me, the mentality is every day, training the way you train is the way you play a game, and with the MLS system, how do you create that mentality to be on your toes 24 hours? It’s very difficult

2019 10 12 Retrieve

[What charity work does Zlatan Ibrahimovic do?] Wherever I go people recognize me, call my name, cheer for me. But there are names no one cares to remember, that no one cheers for: the 805 million people suffering from hunger in the world today. I have supporters all over the world. From now on I want this support to go to the people who suffer from hunger, they are the real champions. So whenever you hear my name, you will think of their names

2019 10 16 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic vowed he would draw on his inner viking as he weighed up the prospect of playing in the snow at Minnesota United in the MLS playoffs] I’m from Sweden, I was born in the snow. When it snows, I’m a viking. When it’s warm, I’m a lion. We adjust for every condition there is

[Ibrahimovic has consistently proclaimed his superiority over LAFC attacker Carlos Vela, claiming that his longer history of success in Europe makes the comparison tilt massively in his favour] He’s a good player but you made one mistake: you compared him with me. That was your biggest mistake

2019 10 18 Retrieve

[When asked about his plans and whether a meeting with Minnesota could be his farewell to the States] Could be. There are no other thoughts, I respect my contract. If I leave you will have less to write about. If I stay you will still have something to write about. Let’s see what happens. But let’s focus on the play-off. I think [my future] is not the right thing to discuss. I’ve had a good time, good experience. I’ve learned a lot on how it works here, still a work in progress. I’ve enjoyed it and that’s the most important. I came back from my injury and came like a little kid that just wanted to enjoy football. MLS gave me the opportunity and I took it

[Pressed further on the factors which could influence his decision to either stay or go] I mean, a lot of things, a lot of things. But let’s focus on the play-offs. It’s not the right thing to discuss. Being respectful to my club and my team-mates, it’s not the moment to speak about this

[The former Malmo, Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and United striker has said] Oh, 100 per cent, I know I could still make the difference, both in Italy and in other countries. I’d do better than the players who are there now. My contract expires in December, and I don’t know what will happen after that

[Ibrahimovic also said jokingly back in August that he could rejoin United amid their struggles to bring form and fitness out of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial] I could play easy in the Premier League, so if United needs me, I’m here

2019 10 19 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic drops Napoli move hint: The San Paolo would be full every Sunday!] My contract expires in December, but I don’t think about it. I will calmly evaluate it with my family. To continue playing, as I say, I must find something special that can keep the fire inside me alive. Regardless of the team, I want to fight for as much as possible. If I came back I would like to go for the Scudetto. I’m not looking for those who want me just because I’m Ibrahimovic. I’m not a zoo animal that people go to see: I can still make a difference

[Asked about a possible switch to the Stadio San Paolo] I enjoyed the documentary dedicated to Maradona, no one is like him. Seeing the love of that city would almost make me want to try an experience at Napoli. it would be fantastic to replicate what Diego did. I’m not saying that I will go there, the final decision will depend on several factors, but that is a team that creates enthusiasm. With me, the San Paolo would be full every Sunday. And then there’s Carlo Ancelotti, a great coach.

[Although he has been impressed by Napoli, Ibrahimovic still expects Juventus to win the league this term] Juve remain the favourites, Inter are growing. Napoli needs something more, but the others are behind

2019 10 19b Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic reveals Lukaku snubbed bet to improve poor first touch] I will say this on Romelu don’t expect good technique from Lukaku. His best strength is sheer power - if only he’d listened to me. At Manchester United, we made a bet: ‘I’ll give you £50 for every decent first touch you make’. He replied: ‘What do I win if I get them all right?’ I told him nothing, he would simply become a better player. For the record, he never accepted the bet! Perhaps he was afraid of losing…

Joking aside, Lukaku has this mad hunger to prove himself to the world. And I’m sure he will do well at Intermilan too.

2019 10 20 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Jose Mourinho] We still stay in touch, Jose Mourinho had an incredible impact on my career. He is still the Special One - a winner. I hope he returns to a bench soon and I am certain he will win straight away

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Pep Guardiola] We never had a confrontation, only because of him. When we faced each other, he hid. He waited for me to pass and then get out of the locker room. As a coach he is a phenomenon, but as a man …

2019 10 25 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic potentially aimed a parting shot at MLS as he discussed his LA Galaxy future following their play-off defeat to rivals Los Angeles FC] It’s not about money. I have another two months [on my contract]. We’ll see what happens. [If I stay], then MLS is good, because the whole world will watch it. If I don’t stay, nobody will remember what MLS is

I think I’m the best that has ever played in MLS. And that’s without joking. Have you been watching the two years I’ve been playing [here]?

2019 10 25b Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic wondered if Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson was distracting the El Trafico VAR when Carlos Vela’s controversial second goal was allowed to stand] Was it? Are you sure? Are you 100 per cent sure? And you think we didn’t know that? But the referee didn’t know that. [VAR] didn’t [get involved]. What was he doing upstairs? Drinking coffee with Magic Johnson? It’s difficult, because if you have the VAR, it means the game is extra-controlled by the fifth referee upstairs. But if he’s drinking coffee with Magic Johnson, it’s difficult to play the game. He has to be in control. [The referee] didn’t even go out and check. He said he needed a signal from the VAR people to go out and check. So what are the VAR people doing? But I don’t want to complain about that, guys. We just lost, and I don’t want to be a loser complaining about the refs because it’s not my level

[Whatever the 38-year-old decides, he has boldly declared that the game in America will not be the same without him] It’s not about money. I have another two months [on my contract]. We’ll see what happens. [If I stay], then MLS is good, because the whole world will watch it. If I don’t stay, nobody will remember what MLS is.

2019 10 28 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic took time this summer to shower praise on his LA Galaxy teammate Efrain Alvarez] In MLS, he’s by far the biggest talent from everybody because he thinks football. He has that football in him. It’s natural. It didn’t come from him training or something. He’s not afraid to take action. He plays with a lot of confidence. Mistakes come, but we all make mistakes

2019 10 29 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic has suggested that he could be set for a return to La Liga] Hola Espana! Guess what? I’m coming back… If I stay, I think for MLS it’s good, because the whole world will watch it. If I don’t stay, nobody will remember what MLS is

2019 11 13 Tweet

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic says goodbye to Los Angeles after spending two seasons with the LA Galaxy] I came, I saw, I conquered. Thank you @lagalaxy for making me feel alive again. To the Galaxy fans - you wanted Zlatan, I gave you Zlatan. You are welcome. The story continues … Now go back to watch baseball

2019 11 27 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic becomes part-owner of Swedish side Hammarby] This week, representatives of Hammarby Fotboll met with AEG and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Los Angeles. AEG has informed Hammarby that it has sold half of its ownership in AEG Sweden to Ibrahimovic, which in turn means that Ibrahimovic becomes part-owner of Hammarby Fotboll AB

2019 11 27b Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic becomes part-owner of Swedish side Hammarby] Hammarby is a fantastic club with passionate supporters and has great respect in both Stockholm and Sweden. I have always liked the club and the fans and I have been impressed with what the club has done in recent years both on and off the pitch. Being able to join and develop Hammarby moving forward feels both fun and exciting

2019 11 27c Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic insists the decision had nothing to do with his former club and praised Hammarby as a club with plenty of potential] This has nothing to do with Malmo. When it comes to Malmo we talk about the footballer Zlatan. I think they’ll respect that in Malmo. I have a good relationship with the club and always have. This has nothing to do with me as a football player. I think those in Malmo will be happy for me

I have always liked the club and the fans and I have been impressed with what the club has done in recent years both on and off the pitch. Being able to join and develop Hammarby moving forward feels both fun and exciting

2019 11 29 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on city of Milan] AC Milan is not my second city, it’s my second home. I have great memories of my time there. I have just ended my experience in Los Angeles. It was fantastic, now there are two heroes of two worlds; myself and Giuseppe Garibald. I talk a lot to Sinisa. He is my friend, an exceptional person and a unique man.

2019 12 01 Retrieve

[The veteran striker has made clear he intends to continue his playing career rather than retire, as he feels he can keep going for several years] If there’s a project that stimulates me, I could play at this level until I’m 50 years old. I have just ended my experience in Los Angeles. It was fantastic. Now there are two heroes of two worlds: myself and Giuseppe Garibaldi.

[One place the former Sweden star is not welcome back at is his first team, Malmo, after he upset fans by buying a stake in their rivals Hammarby and singing the club’s praises] Hammarby is a fantastic club with passionate supporters and has great respect in both Stockholm and Sweden. I have always liked the club and the fans and I have been impressed with what the club has done in recent years both on and off the pitch

2019 12 03 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic has all but confirmed his next playing stint will take him back to Italy’s Serie A] I will join a club that must get back to winning, that has to renew its history and is in search of a battle against everyone and everything. That is the only way I’ll be able to find the necessary motivation to surprise you again. It’s not just about choosing a team, as there are other factors that need to line up, including in the interests of my family. I’ll see you in Italy soon

There is no news on Ibrahimovic, because this is not a negotiation. He is evaluating his future. He is on the market, but there are no developments

2019 12 05 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said Kylian Mbappe is the first player to excite him to the same extent as Brazilian striker Ronaldo] It has always been the Brazilian Ronaldo. When he played, everyone wanted to copy it, the movement, that little bag, bam-bam. He had too elegant a style. He was the one who made me stand in front of the television watching the game

Maybe Mbappe makes the difference, he’s young, we hope he continues to work hard. At 19 he is already a star. I hope he is still hungry and passionate about the game, to grow and do even more. It’s hard not to get your head together

[He joked earlier this week] I’ll see you in Italy soon. I will join a club that must get back to winning, that has to renew its history and is in search of a battle against everyone and everything

2019 12 07 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic talks about getting revenge on Marco Materazzi] In the second half, Matrix is coming at me and I hit him with a taekwondo move, I sent him to the hospital. [Dejan] Stankovic asked me; ‘Why did you do that?’ And I replied to him: ‘I have been waiting for this moment for four years. That’s why.’ Then I left. What goes around comes around

2019 12 24 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic transfer: Everton, AC Milan & striker’s potential next clubs] I will join a club that must get back to winning, that has to renew its history and is in search of a battle against everyone and everything. That is the only way I’ll be able to find the necessary motivation to surprise you again. It’s not just about choosing a team, as there are other factors that need to line up, including in the interests of my family. I’ll see you in Italy soon

2019 12 27 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned to AC Milan on a contract until the end of the current Serie A season] I’m coming back to a club I hugely respect and to the city of Milan which I love. I’ll fight together with my teammates to change the course of this season. I will do everything to make it happen

2020 01 02 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic delighted to be returning ‘home’ to AC Milan as he undergoes medical] I remember arriving in this same spot many years ago. What matters now is that I’m back and I’m happy. I’ve always said this is my home and I’m finally back. I’ve played for other teams in my years, but finally I’m back and that’s all that matters

I’m back, finally. I’m eager to see the fans at San Siro, to make the stadium jump with joy again

2020 01 03 Retrieve

[His talks with chief football officer Zvonimir Boban and technical director Paolo Maldini intensified after the Bergamo debacle] In the last two-to-three weeks, I’ve talked more with them than I have my own wife!

2020 01 03b Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic: I didn’t come to Milan as a mascot to dance on the sidelines] I don’t remember how many signed for Milan at 38. If it happened, it means that I still have something to give. I don’t come as a mascot, to stand next to the devil [Milanello] and dance. I’m here to help out on the pitch. I’m happy. It’s also a test for me that shows that what I’m doing works and still has value

[Ibrahimovic confirmed there was the possibility of a move to Milan last year, but he chose to stay in MLS] I spoke to Leonardo, it is true, but I did not feel ready to return. I was fine in Los Angeles and played continuously. When I went to America, I wanted to feel alive after the injury. I feel ready to play in Italy and help Milan. When I was in Paris, we didn’t talk about a return. There was no contact.

[Ibrahimovic claimed he received more offers than when he previously joined Milan from Barcelona in 2010] After the last game with the Galaxy, I received a call from Paolo Maldini and we discussed ideas and plans for the future. At 38, I had more requests than when I was 28. However, it was not a difficult decision: when I left Milan, I didn’t want to leave, I adapted. Now I am here again and will do everything to improve things. Milan is like my home. When I came here from Barcelona, I found the happiness of playing football here. I hope to return something. I am here with the greatest desire. I respect this club so much

2020 01 03c Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic jokes that he’s ‘much worse’ as he claims to be fit enough to play] I’m fine, I’ve trained a lot. I haven’t touched the ball, but it’s not a problem. I think I’m ready to play.

I am much worse. Before the injury, I had many thoughts about the future. After the injury and the return to the field, I am just very happy to be able to play football again. I worked hard, and as long as I can play, I will do it. Then, of course, you play at different levels. I believe that with great spirit and the right mentality, we can still do well. When you play, you don’t have to overdo it. Maybe instead of running, you can shoot from 40 yards

2020 01 04 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on why he chose number 21 after officially re-joining AC Milan] Because it’s my elder son’s number. I showed them all the available ones and they chose number 21

2020 01 06 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic: I wanted to score for AC Milan and celebrate like a god] The rapport with the fans remains wonderful and gives me so much motivation. I wanted to get on to the pitch, score a goal and then celebrate like a God in front of the Curva

[Ibrahimovic believes the team still needs time to gel to reach their potential] It shows on the field that there is a lack of confidence and aggression when we are trying to create goals. We are not very solid. We need to understand what to do to reach the team’s ceiling. I have been here for four days, I will try to help in every way. A little bit of trust is missing still

[Ibrahimovic replaced Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek not long after half-time to play alongside young Portuguese forward Rafael Leao] I explained to Rafael Leao what movements he has to do, this is all experience. We have to suffer for the moment, the fans are not happy, the results are not positive. We work and think positive

2020 01 11 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic said he wanted to score and celebrate like a God in front of the MIlan faithful. After Saturday’s game, the striker said he originally wanted to do so in a home match, but was happy to fulfill that promise away as well] I meant in San Siro though, not here!. On every goal I celebrate like a god, this way I feel alive. It is important for a striker to always try to stay in front of the goal. Every now and then the ball goes in, sometimes not. The important thing is that I feel good, then the goals will come. I missed a few balls but I need to play to get in shape

2020 02 04 Retrieve

[Ibra said of his experiences with Lukaku back in October 2019] I will say this on Romelu: don’t expect good technique from Lukaku. His best strength is sheer power. If only he’d listened to me. At Manchester United, we made a bet: ‘I’ll give you £50 for every decent first touch you make’. He replied: ‘What do I win if I get them all right?’ I told him nothing, he would simply become a better player. For the record, he never accepted the bet! Perhaps he was afraid of losing?!

2020 02 09 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic: AC Milan stopped playing and believing in Inter Milan collapse] It’s difficult to explain what happened. At half-time we told ourselves, the first 15 minutes going back out there will be crucial, and in that 15-minute spell we conceded two goals. We stopped playing, the team stopped believing, we stopped pressing, didn’t pass it around enough. From the equaliser onwards, everything collapsed. I think a lot of it is down to experience, because you must know how to control a game at 2-0 up, not just winning at the end. It’s strange, because our first half was practically perfect. I expected more from Inter and the first-half performance did not look like a team worthy of second place. They did after the break

2020 03 18 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic begins coronavirus crowdfunding] Italy has always given me so much, and in this dramatic moment, I want to give back even more to this country I love. I decided, together with the people who are working with me, to create a fundraiser for Humanitas hospitals and to use my communication power to spread the message wider. It’s a serious issue and we need concrete help that’s not just about a video.

I count on the generosity of my colleagues, of all professional athletes and of those who want to make a small or large donation according to their possibilities to kick this virus away. Together we can really help hospitals and doctors and nurses who selflessly work every day to save our lives, because today we are the ones cheering for them.

2020 04 02 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic undecided about his future with AC Milan contract expiring] Let’s see. I don’t even know what I want. Something new happens every day. Who could have predicted this with corona? We just have to try to live and enjoy life. Don’t worry too much. I have a family to take care of, they feel good so I feel good

It started to spread to football. They shut down the whole training facility, we were not allowed to move outside. It is tragic that football leagues shut down, but we must respect the system and be patient. They must find a solution that is good for the whole community. Health is above all sport. I’m not worried about corona. I think it will be solved, it’s just to wait until the experts know what to do

2020 04 09 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reportedly considering his future, with his contract at AC Milan expiring at season’s end] Let’s see. I don’t even know what I want. Something new happens every day. Who could have predicted this with corona? We just have to try to live and enjoy life. Don’t worry too much. I have a family to take care of, they feel good so I feel good

2020 04 15 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic and Van der Vaart were teammates at Ajax when they met for an international friendly between Sweden and Netherlands. Van der Vaart suffered an injury during the game, though, and later publicly accused Ibrahimovic of trying to hurt him on purpose] I didn’t injure you on purpose, and you know that. If you accuse me again I’ll break both your legs, and that time it will be on purpose

2020 04 19 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic’s elevated self-esteem is no secret in the world of football] I think I am the best ever to play in MLS. And that, without joking. I’m here to perform and show everybody what the game is about. I think the two years I’ve had here, I’ve done good things. Amazing things. Perfect things

2020 04 23 Retrieve

[AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to take part in a televised friendly for Hammarby on Friday] Want to see me do magic? Watch me in action with Hammarby live and free on Dplay.se tomorrow Friday at 10.00 CET

2020 04 24 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic has spoken out about the continued vandalisation of his statue in Malmo] It’s a shame. They want attention and want the media to write about it - it’s at kindergarten level and we’re bigger than that. The statue was what it was, but that doesn’t mean that my story will be torn down, it will remain forever

[Ibrahimovic admitted that his future with AC Milan is unclear] I have a contract with Milan and we will see how it ends there, if it ends. I want to play football for as long as I can and be able to contribute something, not just play for what I have done or who I am. We’ll see what happens - who knew coronavirus would come and turn the world upside down in two weeks?

2020 04 25 Retrieve

[Zlatan addresses Milan future after scoring in friendly for Hammarby] I have a contract with Milan and we will see how it ends there, if it ends. I want to play football for as long as I can and be able to contribute something, not just play for what I have done or who I am. We’ll see what happens - who knew coronavirus would come and turn the world upside down in two weeks?

[Ibrahimovic added on his recent spell with Hammarby] I am very grateful that I am allowed to join the training when everything is closed in Europe, especially in Italy where you’re not allowed training and you have to be indoors

2020 04 26 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic, who signed a six-month deal at San Siro during the winter transfer window, addressed his position at Milan after the friendly, admitting he is not sure whether he will be offered the chance to extend his stay in the Italian capital] I have a contract with Milan and we will see how it ends there, if it ends. I want to play football for as long as I can and be able to contribute something, not just play for what I have done or who I am. We’ll see what happens - who knew coronavirus would come and turn the world upside down in two weeks?

2020 05 16 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic statue in Malmo set to be relocated after repeated acts of vandalism] It’s a shame. They want attention and want the media to write about it - it’s at kindergarten level and we’re bigger than that. The statue was what it was, but that doesn’t mean that my story will be torn down, it will remain forever

2020 05 26 Retrieve

[AC Milan confirm Ibrahimovic has not suffered career-ending Achilles injury] AC Milan reports that Zlatan Ibrahimovic in yesterday’s training reported an injury to the soleus muscle of his right calf. The Achilles tendon is perfectly intact. An instrumental control examination will be carried out in 10 days

2020 06 01 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic is contracted in Italy until the end of the season with reports suggesting he’s likely to move on once the campaign is completed] I have a contract with Milan and we will see how it ends there, if it ends. I want to play football for as long as I can and be able to contribute something, not just play for what I have done or who I am. We’ll see what happens - who knew coronavirus would come and turn the world upside down in two weeks?

2020 06 04 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic calf issue] Milan announces that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has undergone an examination to check the injury of the soleus muscle of his right calf today. The healing process proceeds well without complications. A new check is to be expected in about ten days

2020 07 12 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits he is unsure over his future at AC Milan] I continue to play only if I can bring results. I’m not a mascot. Next year? Let’s see, I still have three weeks of [my] contract. Nobody started talking about the future, on my part or from Milan. Here nothing is known about the future now. Let’s play and finish as best we can, then let’s see. There is no one as strong as Ibra. It depends on the club, not just me.

[Milan are expected to bring in RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick] I don’t know Rangnick and I don’t know if he is coming. They didn’t say anything to us, I don’t know if it’s official