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Zlatan Ibrahimovic declares he doesn’t ‘need a Ballon d’Or’ to prove he’s the best

The AC Milan striker has launched his autobiography and it was at the launch event that he talked about his Ballon d'Or drought.

Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the best and the most charismatic football players of our generation. The AC Milan striker is known for scoring sensational goals but more so for his savage one liners. It is not unknown that Zlatan considers himself to be the best player in the world and places himself a step ahead of anyone else in the race. His famous ‘Lions, they don’t compare themselves with humans’ and ‘Zlatan doesn’t do auditions’ quotes are still fan favourites till date. In a recent interview, the triker made a similar comment when he was asked about the Ballon d’Or award.

Despite having scored over 500 goals in his career and dominating in almost all the leagues he played in, Zlatan Ibrahimovic never got the chance of winning the prestigious Ballon d’Or – France Footballs annual Best Men’s player of the year award. The closest he got to winning the award was back in 2013 when he came 4th on the Ballon d’Or rankings with just 5.29% votes to his name. Cristiano Ronaldo won it that year with 27.99% votes. Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

At the launch event of his new book “Adrenaline: My Untold Story”, Zlatan Ibrahimovic said that he would love to win the Ballon d’Or once in his career but also argued that he does not need it to prove that he’s the best player in the world.

“The Ballon d’Or is a nice thing, but I don’t need it to prove that I am the best,” he said.

Focused on winning the Scudetto: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is like fine wine that gets better with age. He is 39 years old and is still killing it in the Serie A. Talking about his ongoing season with AC Milan, Zlatan revealed that all he’s thinking about right now is about winning the Scudetto with AC Milan.

“It’s the mentality, I train in the same way that I play,” Zlatan said.

“Every day is a final. It was difficult when I arrived in Milan, but we’ve created a group. We’ve created an atmosphere that is over the top.

“Then there was the pandemic, but the staff here is great. I’ve worked with other teams in my career, but this is really excellent.

“The group goes towards the same target. Now, I wake up with pain every day, but I have adrenaline and I go on. This year, the adrenaline is for the Scudetto.”

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