Ibrahimovic: ‘I am as good as Ronaldo and Messi’

by | Sep 10, 2021 19:14

Milan hitman Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists it’s the Ballon d’Or that is missing him, while Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo ‘have nothing’ more than him apart from trophies.

The 39-year-old Swede is ready to make his season debut this weekend against Lazio after missing UEFA EURO 2020 with a knee injury.

He spoke to France Football and some early snippets have been released via Goal.com, naturally following the usual Ibrahimovic pattern of unshakeable self-confidence.

Zlatan was asked if he misses the Ballon d’Or as part of his career path and the response was classically his own.

“No, if anything it’s the Ballon d’Or that is missing me.”

Jorginho is one of the candidates for the award this season, although it has been dominated in the last decade by Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi.

“If we are talking about intrinsic quality, then they have nothing more than me. If we consider trophies, then yes, I didn’t win the Champions League.

“I don’t know what criteria they use to decide who gets the award, because I am not obsessed with it. When a collective works, the individual inevitably benefits from that. An individual cannot do well if the team isn’t solid.

“Deep down, I do think that I am the best in the world.”

Ibrahimovic turns 40 next month and had a hugely successful campaign last season at Milan, scoring 17 goals and providing three assists in 27 competitive appearances.

He took the Rossoneri to second place in Serie A and will be in the Champions League this term.


  1. Jose Dias

    Get out here ibra!!!

  2. Andy

    Better than Ronaldo actually

  3. Reddy

    You are not one million miles close to them.that’s a big lie

  4. Solointer

    Based on influence true but the only difference is both Ronaldo and Messi can still play.

  5. Milan fan

    You’re even better than Ronaldo. Your worst season on record was at Barca and you scored 18 goals in 21 games if you take it minute by minute. You’re a leader in the dressing room just a drama queen. When it comes to Messi I believe he is a step above not by much but as a leader Messi is a few steps below ibra.

  6. Brozi

    A player full of humor I love! People who can’t kick football and know nothing about the game here sounding like goat (a real animal stupid goat) by actually rating Ibra higher than Ronaldo.

  7. Reddy

    You don’t know how to play football, you are just overrated zlatan

  8. Reddy

    You are not even as good Las uis swarez

  9. Michael

    @Solointer But Ibra is also much older. I want to see if they’re still playing at 40.

  10. Reddy

    You are as good as Ronaldo and Messi? Is that a joke?

  11. FORZA Juve

    You are far away from ronaldo level, but if would play in dream teams like messi all your carreer you would have not one ballon dor. But ronaldo is complitely next level

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