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I've said it 200 million times, Ibrahimovic isn't a great player - Dugarry

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has plenty of supporters around the world, but former France international striker Christophe Dugarry is not one of them.

The ex-Birmingham City frontman claims the Manchester United superstar cannot be considered ‘a great player’ because he has caused too many problems in the past.

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For him, performers such as Lionel Messi epitomise greatness as they are prepared to do their bit for the collective cause, while also shining on an individual level.

Ibrahimovic has been a talismanic presence throughout his career, but he has always welcomed the headlines.

Natural ability and a prolific strike rate do not make him a good team player, and Dugarry feels it is wrong to consider the 35-year-old as an iconic figure of the modern era.

He told RMC Sport: “For me, Zlatan isn’t a great player. I’ve said it over 200 million times. Because for me, with very great players, you never have problems and they make others better.

“Who could say that Messi would leave a bit of room to Neymar and [Luis] Suarez? And yet, he does.”

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Ibrahimovic has produced something of a mixed bag during his time at Old Trafford, with a positive opening followed by a six-game run without a goal.

He has, however, netted eight times in 17 appearances, with a return to form enjoyed before the international break as he bagged a brace in a 3-1 victory over Swansea.

The Swede will have to wait a little longer before adding to his tally, though, as he is due to sit out United’s home date with Arsenal on Saturday through suspension.