The phenomenal Swedish striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, cannot deny the fact that he did plan to hang up his boots or retire. However, he feels that AC Milan is still highly appreciated and needed.
Ibra himself joined the San Siro for the second time in his career at the beginning of 2020 yesterday. His first period at Milan previously ran from 2010 to 2012.
In his first term, Ibra tasted success at the San Siro with one of his achievements being the Scudetto title in 2011.
While the second period has not yet produced a trophy, his arrival has really improved AC Milan’s overall performance.
So far, the 39-year-old player has scored 22 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions. Thanks to his contribution, Milan can also be at the top of the Serie A standings this season.
What an adorable score for a player who is about to have four heads. However, Ibra himself admitted that he had indeed planned to retire.
“Life is a challenge. I felt that I had enough in playing and started thinking whether to continue or not,”
“For me, it is a challenge to come back here and try to change the mentality, try to change the situation and make the players understand what Milan is like. The Milan I know, is the Milan that the whole world knows,” Ibrahimovic told UEFA.
Actually, before recruiting Ibrahimovic, Milan had already tried to make a breakthrough by recruiting a number of other players. However, in the end the players failed to live up to expectations.
According to Ibra, this happened because he had a youthful mentality and enthusiasm.
“The difference with me? I replied simply that I never lose heart for what I do. Every time I go to the field, I feel like a child eating candy for the first time.”
“I understand that the ball is my best friend, and I want to always be with the best friend in my entire life,” he concluded.
As for now AC Milan is preparing to take on Celtic’s challenge in the continued phase of the Europa League Group.