Zlatan Ibrahimovic has become the latest Barcelona figure to rally to the support of under fire team-mate Lionel Messi who is the subject of much criticism in Argentina for his performances for the national side.
Speaking at a press conference in Sweden ahead of their final World Cup qualifier against Albania, Ibra said that if Messi was not wanted at Argentina, Sweden would gratefully accept his services.
"If they don't like Leo [Messi] there, he can come and play in Sweden, he is very welcome. If they think Argentina is not playing well, let's see how they can play without him," he said.
Ibrahimovic also took time to praise outgoing Sweden coach Lars Lagerback. The coach has said that he will resign if the Swedes fail to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa. With Portugal needing a home win against Malta to beat them to second place that now looks likely.
"During his years with the team we played good football. He has done his best with the
players at his disposal, in our squad we do not have 22 world stars," remarked the striker.
Paul Madden, Goal.com