Zlatan Ibrahimovic has come up with a big statement as he tends to do, this time criticizing the Argentina team after how they behaved during their World Cup victory over France but lauds Lionel Messi for his heroics.
Ibrahimovic played a brief part of his career with the Argentina and Barcelona legend Lionel Messi during his Barcelona days and now admitting the little magician is the world’s best.
— COPA90 US (@Copa90US) December 10, 2014
However, prior to this, the Swedish international refused to call Messi the GOAT. “Ronaldo is the Phenomenon. As a child I imitated him.” Ibrahimovic shared his thought on who is the greatest player of all time.
He also claimed that winning the 2021 Balon D’or for Messi was a fortune, adding: “Leo lives for football. But [Robert] Lewandowski deserved the Ballon d’Or this year.”
Was Robert Lewandowski robbed of the Ballon d'Or? 🏆
Robert Lewandowski thinks so 💪 pic.twitter.com/ykUwWGWNeF
— GOAL (@goal) August 29, 2020
Lionel Messi was instrumental to the success of Argentina after leading them from the front after scoring seven times and was named the best player of the tournament.
After watching the great magician perform, the lion may get impressed by the way he never was and perhaps change his initial thought about the World Cup winner and said in a new interview with France Inter, “Messi is considered to be the best player ever, I was sure he was going to win it. I am also convinced that Kylian Mbappe will still win one more World Cup.”
🎙️ Zlatan Ibrahimović: "I said, 'Argentina, for sure, will win the World Cup' because Messi is considered the best in history so if you want the World Cup in Qatar to be remembered for the rest of history, who has to win?" 👀 pic.twitter.com/X1Q3TAGQIb
— Football Tweet ⚽ (@Football__Tweet) January 25, 2023
However, the 41-year-old Milan forward is not happy with Messi’s Argentine teammates as they crossed their limit on each available occasion while the attitude, they showed was particularly the reason for dissatisfaction.
“I’m not worried about Messi; I am worried about the others in Argentina because they are not going to win anything else. Messi has won everything, and he will be remembered, but the rest who behaved badly, we cannot respect that.”- Zlatan further added.
🗣️ Zlatan Ibrahimovic: “Leo Messi has won everything there is to win in football. He will forever be remembered.” pic.twitter.com/t3UUtkVe70
— Barça Worldwide (@BarcaWorldwide) January 25, 2023
Ibrahimovic is currently going through a meniscus injury which will force him out until June but recognized as a lion, the Swedish will look to bounce back strong like he did so many occasions.