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Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic, ACMilan forward and former Paris Saint Germain (PSG) player; among others, he assured this Wednesday that the French Kylian Mbappé, star of PSG, you need a more structured club than the Parisian and He took Real Madrid as an example.
“Mbappé needs an environment with a more solid structure, like that of Real Madrid. But then I told the president of PSG not to sell him ”, declared Ibrahimovic in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
Ibrahimovic referred to the situation of Mbappé, whose contract with PSG expires next June and who has already asked his club to will transfer this summer to Real Madrid, without the two clubs being able to close an agreement.
In the interview, the Swedish striker also re-analyzed his problematic relationship with Spanish coach Pep Guardiola, a man who, in his opinion, does not love “players with character.”
Criticisms of Pep Guardiola
“Guardiola never understood me. He wanted to program everything that I had to do. I wanted to make instinct plays, but then I thought about what he wanted and changed. That way, I was thinking too much ”, stated Ibrahimovic.
In this sense, he added: “Guardiola do not like players with character. I had become a problem and since he couldn’t solve it, I solved it by leaving ”.
Ibrahimovic played with Guardiola at Barcelona in the 2009-2010 academic year, and he left for Milan the following year, after scoring 16 league goals. He shared changing rooms with Argentine Lionel Messi, a player who “lives for football” and with whom he had a “professional relationship.”
“But the Ballon d’Or this year was deserved by (the Pole) Robert Lewandowski,” he said.
Said He prefers Messi to the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo because he was a partner of the Argentine, although he stressed that, in his opinion, the greatest ever is the Brazilian Ronaldo Nazario.
Ibrahimovic in MLS
He also expressed his deep respect for the Argentine myth Diego Armando Maradona and confessed that he was very close to signing for Napoli after leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy.
“I was tired of being in America. I was thinking of leaving football, but (his representative) Mino Raiola told me ‘you’re crazy, you have to go back to Italy. ‘ We had closed the deal with Napoli, but then the president fired the technician (Carlo) Ancelotti and I changed my mind, ”he recalled.
He then signed for Milan: “I asked Mino which team was in the most difficult situation. I wanted to completely change the dynamics of a club. He told me that Milan had just lost 0-5 to Atalanta and I, at that moment, I decided that I would sign for Milan ”.
In the long interview, Ibrahimovic spoke of his humble origin in Malmo, he recalled that he was “very shy with the girls” and that one day came to steal clothes in a store because his friends wore nice clothes and he only had his team jacket and socks.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.