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Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists he doesn’t have ‘big ego’ as AC Milan star explains why he will always be a team player

4:43 PM IST 05/12/22
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic may refer to himself as a “god” at regular intervals, but the enigmatic Swede insists he does not have a “big ego”.
  • Swedish star not short on confidence
  • Has won trophies across Europe
  • Always puts collective effort first

WHAT HAPPENED? The 41-year-old striker is always happy to talk himself up, but that is because he has unwavering belief in his own ability – with trophy wins in the Netherlands, Italy, France and England backing up those claims. Ibrahimovic is, however, eager to point out that he has always been a team player and will continue to put the good of a collective cause ahead of any personal ambition.

WHAT THEY SAID: Ibrahimovic, who is still on the books of reigning Serie A champions AC Milan, has told Milan TV: I am someone who wants to help in every way, I don’t have the big ego of someone who wants to do everything himself. I am here at Milan to give everything, to help my teammates improve, to have success and understand what we’re doing. It is a sacrifice, hard work and we aren’t doing this just to pass the time. When you provide an assist, it’s just as important as scoring a goal. I do everything I can to help.”

Ibrahimovic added on becoming the oldest assist maker in Milan’s rich history: It’s a record for little old men, but I feel young! The important thing for me is to win the game, I do everything to help the team. If I do that as the oldest, that’s fine too.”

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The veteran forward is yet to make an appearance for the Rossoneri in the 2022-23 campaign, having undergone knee surgery, with his last outing coming way back on May 22.

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WHAT NEXT? Ibrahimovic is closing in on a return to action and will hope to come back into contention for competitive game time early in 2023, with Milan due to resume their Serie A title defence when travelling to Salernitana on January 4.