'I am not the cocky one' - Ibrahimovic

The 32-year-old refuted claims he is arrogant or has a big ego but then compared himself, in no uncertain terms, to a fine wine that gets better with age
Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has insisted he is not "the cocky one" and says suggestions he has a massive ego are wide of the mark.

The Swede, 32, helped fire PSG to the Ligue 1 title last season with 30 goals in 34 games, adding to the two-dozen trophies he has collected in a career that has seem him play for Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona and AC Milan.

But Ibrahimovic, who has scored 22 goals in 23 appearances for les Parisiens this season, is adamant that the press exaggerate his self-assured nature and says he does not concern himself with what they say.

"In the beginning, I remember, in my career people built me up like the cocky one, 'he's arrogant, big ego', but I mean if you have a big ego you don't win 20 trophies," he told reporters.

"This is something the media makes up, and it's something I have to live with.

"For me, I respect every person, especially the football players because that's the game I play, and that's my area. What happens in the media is something for the media."

Despite these claims, however, Ibrahimovic went on to compare himself to a fine wine - suggesting he is someone who improved with age.

"I think I'm like wine," he mused. "The older the wine gets, the better it is, so the older I get the better I get."

Ibrahimovic will be back in action for PSG on Sunday when the reigning Ligue 1 champions face this campaign's pretenders Lille.