Former Denmark international Brian Laudrup believes that AC Milan attacker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not surpass Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo as the finest active footballer on the planet because of his inability to shine in big away games.
The Swede was recently praised by Massimiliano Allegri and Mario Balotelli following his impressive form in the 2011-12 campaign, with the Rossoneri coach branding him a potential Ballon d'Or candidate.
Laudrup, however, feels that Ibrahimovic isn't on par with the world's best yet, following his disappointing performance in AC Milan's 3-0 Champions League loss away against Arsenal.
"In Italy there's a lot of talk about 'Ibra' being able to become the best player in the world, but in order to become the best, you have to perform in the big away games, like the one versus Arsenal," Laudrup was quoted as saying by Fotbollskanalen.
"You have to perform in the big away games. 'Ibra' didn't do that. It's one of the reasons why he won't surpass Messi and Ronaldo."
Laudrup, who starred for AC Milan in the 1993-94 season, was voted Danish Player of the Year on four occasions.