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‘I haven’t seen a player stronger than me’: Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists he’s not ready to retire from football at the age of FORTY despite surgery on his ACL as legendary Swede promises ‘soon’ to be back to turn
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped AC Milan to its first national title after more than 10 years
- The legendary Swedish striker underwent knee surgery at the end of the season
- It had been suggested that his career – at the advanced age of 40 – might be over
- Ibrahimovic says he hasn’t seen a player stronger than him emerge
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has vowed to retire from professional football, but only if a player emerges ‘stronger’ than him.
The Swedish striker turns 41 next month and it has been rumored that he might make it to the curtain of his 23-year professional career after undergoing knee surgery in May.
However, Ibrahimovic has promised to return to football ‘soon’ after signing a one-year extension with Milan in July.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has vowed to return to professional football after knee surgery last May
Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Swede said: ‘I’ll be back soon’
“I’m not retiring, I’m coming back and I’m not giving up.”
Milan have started strong in their title defense, winning four and drawing two in their first six games. They are currently at 14 points along with Napoli and Atalanta.
However, Ibrahimovic himself didn’t seem too enamored with the Rossoneri’s forwards and vowed he would eventually quit if he saw a player ‘stronger’ than himself come forward.
The Swedish striker said he has yet to see another player ‘stronger’ than him emerge – meaning he must return
“If I see a player who is stronger than me, I’m ready to retire. But I haven’t seen a player stronger than me yet,” he said.
“AC Milan have signed a top player to Charles de Ketelaere – give him some time.”
Currently Milan’s favorite centre-forward is former Arsenal and Chelsea player Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman has started the season impressively, scoring three goals in his six appearances.
However, new signing Divock Origi, who was allowed to leave Liverpool on a free transfer this summer, has not yet got off the ground and some have already written off his career in Milan.
Divock Origi has failed to impress for AC Milan since he switched from Liverpool in the summer