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Ibrahimovic: I put France on the map

21:36 GMT+4 12/11/2015
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Nantes PSG 09262015
The striker says his performances in Ligue 1 have improved the reputation of the division and insists he is happy to be "old and weak" if his current form continues

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he has put France back on the map with his goalscoring displays for Paris Saint-Germain in recent years.

The 34-year-old was one of several big name signings made by the Ligue 1 side back in 2012 after they were bought by Qatari businessman Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

Ibrahimovic has since scored become the club's all-time top goalscorer in the three seasons since he arrived from AC Milan and believes he alone has improved the profile of France's top flight.



"I would love to play in the European Championships in France," he said ahead of Sweden's Euro 2016 play-off against Denmark.

"I've had a fantastic time in France and will have great memories when I leave. I put Sweden on the world map and now I've put France on the map of the world. I'm very happy for that."

Ibrahimovic then responded to a journalist who asked him for his thoughts on critics who have claimed he is less of a force than in previous years.



He added: "I'm less strong now? I have nine goals and five assists in 10 games - I have better statistics than before.

"If I'm old and getting weak and doing what I do then imagine what I'd do if I'm young and good. If I'm old and weak and doing what I do, I'm more than happy to continue like this."