Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates his new statue, advises Milan to “make investments” and assures he could “do better than the players in Serie A now.”
The Swedish legend is currently playing for MLS club the LA Galaxy, but returned home to Malmö to unveil a statue of himself.
“I am very happy and honoured, as it means I’ve left my mark and this will remain forever,” Zlatan told Sky Sport Italia.
“Now that there are two Ibras, the world is a better place… and more dangerous! One is the original, the other will get to live forever. Some players get to win trophies, others have trophies and a statue.”
The 38-year-old former Juventus, Inter and Milan striker was asked if he would still like to play in Serie A?
“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.”
His most recent Italian club, Milan, sacked Coach Marco Giampaolo today after just seven games in charge.
“I am really sad to see Milan like that, as it ought to be a club at the top when it comes to results and investments. The best players in the world ought to be there, but right now, that is not the case. They need to make investments, otherwise they won’t get anywhere. You don’t get quality for free.
“Juventus are doing great things, they are the symbol of Italian football in the world because of their squad. Inter are also doing well, they have a great Coach in Antonio Conte and are pushing hard.
“Other teams are trying, but they are not at the same level as Juventus. Inter are a little bit further behind.”
Napoli are fourth in the Serie A table, already six points off the top.
“I have good rapport with Carlo Ancelotti, as he is both a great Coach and a great person. I was fortunate to know the man first and then to work with him.
“I’m sorry that only lasted a year, as I wanted to be with him for longer, because that was a wonderful period of my career and, I believe, for him too.”