Zlatan talks about self-comparisons with Ronaldo and Messi
“If I miss the Ballon d’Or? No, it is the other way around. He’s missing me. Ronaldo and Messi? If we talk about intrinsic qualities, I have nothing less than them ”.
There is something to be said for the amount of confidence required for footballers, or any professional athlete, to reach the highest level of their respective sport. But, as usual, Zlatan Ibrahimović ceases to amaze us with what has become a historical habit throughout his career when he analyzes his stature in European football.
The Swedish icon has returned to speak of his undisputed talent, but this time he has made mention that he feels at the top of the sport, along with players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, when speaking in the latest issue of France Soccer.
Zlatan further commented in regards to the Ballon d’Or, an award he has yet to win, which has been completely dominated by Ronaldo and Messi during their otherworldly careers. But for the Malmö native, he’s not so worried;
“If, on the contrary, we consider trophies, then yes, I did not win the Champions League, but I don’t know what the award is based on. [Ballon d’Or] it’s assigned, and I’m not obsessed with it. “
The importance of a team game and the futility of comparisons
For all his self-centered temperaments that have been a hallmark of his impressive career, the fickle AC Milan center forward reflected on the importance of strong team play, but still confidently endorsed himself as the best player in the world;
“When the collective works, the individual benefits: the individual cannot be good if the team is not good. Deep down, I think I’m the best in the world. “
However, Zlatan rejected any idea that comparing players from different eras had any intrinsic value, including himself;
“Clashes with the greats of football? I don’t think it’s relevant. Everyone has played in their own generation with different partners. Making comparisons gets tricky. I think everyone has their own story. “