Zlatan: ‘I don’t know anything about Juventus investigation; I’d pick Messi over CR7’

by | Dec 6, 2021 16:01

Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said he doesn’t know anything about the ongoing investigation into his former club Juventus and admitted he would pick Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Rossoneri striker spoke to Corriere TV and was asked about who he thinks is the best player in the history of football.

“I would say Ronaldo ‘Il Fenomeno’,” Ibrahimovic said. “I didn’t see [Diego] Maradona live, I only watched him on TV.

“I saw Ronaldo live, as a child I tried to imitate him.”

One week after Messi was awarded his seventh Ballon d’Or, Ibrahimovic talked about the rivalry between Messi and former Juventus striker Ronaldo. The Swede revealed he would pick the PSG star over the Manchester United forward.

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“They are very strong, it’s a difficult choice,” Ibrahimovic added. “If I must choose, I would say Messi because I played with him and everything he does is not built, he does it naturally.”

Ibrahimovic has turned 40 and has come up against some of the best defenders in the world, and he had to name a few when he was asked who the strongest opponent was so far in his career.

“There are many, if you played in Italy, you have played against many strong defenders,” the 40-year-old continued. “Looking back 10 years, the defenders were harder, there was not even VAR.

“If I have to name names, I would say Paolo Maldini, [Alessandro] Nesta, [Jaap] Stam, [Giorgio] Chiellini and Thiago Silva.”

Milan are first in Serie A after 16 rounds, one point above Inter, and Ibrahimovic stressed it’s too early to say who will pick up the Scudetto in 2021-22.

“Let’s see. This year, the championship is interesting,” he said. “The Scudetto is decided in February and March, not now.”

Zlatan’s former club Juventus are currently under investigation for false accounting in the capital gains case, but the Rossoneri hero revealed he doesn’t have any information.

“I don’t know anything, I don’t know how to judge.”

Ibrahimovic and Milan currently prepare to play Liverpool at San Siro, a game the Diavolo must win to have a chance of qualifying for the last 16 in the Champions League.

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4 Comments

  1. Chris

    As a journeyman himself I would’ve expected him to side with Ronaldo. I have to say in recent times when I’ve seen Messi play of course he’s fantastic on the ball, but off the ball I’ve seen a bad work ethic from him and that has served to enable a rotten attitude that has been instilled into the very core of the current Barcelona squad which has seen them relegated to a bang average La Liga side. I don’t ever recall Barcelona being so far off the top of the league. They were so poor in their recent match against Betis. Dominated possession but couldn’t hit a barn door with a machine gun, lots of sideways passing.

  2. FORZA Juve

    Ofcourse you pick messi becauss cr7 f***ed your as a lots of times, especialy when sweden against portugal for world cup, you should be scared and hate person who is way much better than you 🙂

  3. James

    @FORZA Juve

    “They are very strong, it’s a difficult choice,” Ibrahimovic added. “If I must choose, I would say Messi because I played with him and everything he does is not built, he does it naturally.”

    That isn’t hate statement, your statement instead defines more what you accused him of.

    Get some cold beer and something grassy.

  4. Ali

    Forza juve
    Messi is magic if u are ronaldo fan is giood.
    But u cant deny messi is another leval

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