Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s self belief is no secret; the Swede has always known how good he is and he has proven it so many times in different countries. Having won leagues in Holland, Italy, Spain and France, as well as lifting silverware in England before heading to the United States. With such experience, he’s played with some brilliant players, but NONE of them have made his own personal XI.
Instead, Ibrahimovic has opted to name himself in every position of a 4-3-3 formation. That means the likes of Lionel Messi, the man many believe is the best player in the world and among the greatest ever, Paul Pogba, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Andrea Pirlo, Gianluigi Buffon and Thiago Silva are just a few players not to have made the cut.
My favourite team of all time. I only have to decide the coach. Maybe will be Zlatan pic.twitter.com/MvRN5krxPc— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) July 8, 2019
Though Ibrahimovic has been a great player, winning no fewer than 33 trophies in his career, it is hard to see how he is a better goalkeeper than Buffon, for example. He does claim to be a lion rather than a human, so perhaps he could pull it off…
There’s no doubting this is typical Zlatan, and many fans will find it hilarious. But does he really believe eleven versions of him would be better than all of those star players he played with? Funnily enough, he also said that while he hadn’t named a coach, he would likely call him Zlatan too.
He never quite saw eye to eye with Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, but he loved working with Jose Mourinho at Inter and Manchester United. Surely he admits they deserve a look-in for that particular role? It would be a brave man to say that to his face, though.
As expected, this has really gone far when it comes to reactions. Fans loved it, but others who are tired of his arrogant ways have criticised him. Not that Zlatan will care one bit about that, though. Currently in the United States with LA Galaxy, Ibrahimovic is still dominating teams and scoring goals.
He’ll obviously want to add further trophies to his collection, but he is surely coming towards his retirement now. Whenever he does step away from the game, though, he will leave a huge hole and will undoubtedly be missed. There is only one Zlatan, even if he wishes there were eleven.