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Zlatan “has nothing less than” Ronaldo & Messi; Swedish icon makes comparisons with fellow professionals

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Zlatan “has nothing less than” Ronaldo & Messi; Swedish icon makes comparisons with fellow professionals

Zlatan speaks on self-comparisons with Ronaldo & Messi

“If I am missing the Ballon d’Or? No, it’s the other way around. It’s missing me. Ronaldo and Messi? If we talk about intrinsic qualities, I have nothing less than them.”

There is something to be said about the required amount of confidence necessary for footballers – or any professional athlete – to reach the highest level of their respective sport. But, as usual, Zlatan Ibrahimović ceases to amaze us with what has become a historic habit across his career when he analyzes his stature in the European game.

Zlatan Ibrahmović compares himself to Ronaldo & Messi; “I have nothing less than them”

NAPLES, ITALY – NOVEMBER 22: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of A.C. Milan celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and AC Milan at Stadio San Paolo on November 22, 2020 in Naples, Italy. Sporting stadiums around Italy remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

The Swedish icon has once again talked up his unquestionable talent, but this time has made mention that he feels he is at the very pinnacle of the sport, alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, when speaking in the latest issue of France Football.

Zlatan remarked further when it came to the Ballon d’Or – an award which he has yet to win – which has been entirely dominated by Ronaldo and Messi during their other-worldly careers. But for the Malmö-native, he is not as concerned;

“If, on the other hand, we consider trophies then yes, I didn’t win the Champions League, but I don’t know on what basis the award [Ballon d’Or] is assigned, and I’m not obsessed with it.”

The importance of a team game and the futile nature of comparisons

For all his self-centered temperaments that have been a hallmark of his own impressive career, the mercurial AC Milan center forward reflected on the importance of a strong team game, but still backed himself confidently as the best player in the world;

“When the collective works the individual benefits: the individual cannot be good if the team is not good. Deep down I think I’m the best in the world.”

Zlatan Ibrahmović compares himself to Ronaldo & Messi; “I have nothing less than them”

MILAN, ITALY – JANUARY 26: Romelu Lukaku of FC Internazionale clashes with Zlatan Ibrahimovic of AC Milan during the Coppa Italia match between FC Internazionale and AC Milan at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 26, 2021 in Milan, Italy. Sporting stadiums around Italy remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

However, Zlatan did shoot down any notion that comparing players across different eras had any intrinsic value, including himself;

“Confrontations with football greats? I don’t think it is relevant. Everyone has played in his own generation with different teammates. Making comparisons becomes complicated. I think everyone has their own story.”

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