Zlatan Ibrahimovic could not hide his tears during a press conference when he was asked about the reaction of his two sons – Maximilian, 14, and Vincent, 12 over his recall to the Sweden football national team.
In the press-conference which was held on Monday, March 22, the 39-year-old striker who currently plays for AC Milan told the press that his 12-year-old son, Vincent, cried when he left Milan to answer the call of his country.
Immediately he spoke about how his son cried when he was leaving Milan to attend to his country’s call, Zlatan Ibrahimovic became emotional and shed some tears. Afterward, he went on to talk about how honored it is for him to rejoin Sweden national team.
Ibrahimovic retired from international football after the 2016 European championship. Since then, he has been playing football across the world including in Major League Soccer.
However, it was not until he joined AC Milan last season and continued to score consistently that he attracted the attention of his country’s national team once again.
The coach of the team, Janne Andersson had to keep the differences between him and Zlatan Ibrahimovic aside and brought him back to the national team because of the incredible form the veteran striker has shown so far this season.
Ibrahimovic has been so explosive at AC Milan that he has scored 15 goals and provided 1 assist in 15 league games. He has scored 17 goals and provided 2 assists in 23 games in all competitions for AC Milan this season.
Before he left Sweden’s national team in 2016 after spending over 15 years in the team, Ibrahimovic has a total number of 62 goals in 116 games which made him the country’s all-time highest goalscorer.
Hence, he described his return to the national team as the return of a god. He believes that the team that is trying to qualify for the 2022 World Cup needs his help and didn’t rule out the possibility of playing for the country in the 2022 World Cup and the forthcoming European Championship.
“To play in the national team is the biggest thing you can do as a football player, and as I was following them (Sweden), inside me I was feeling I think I can help them, I think I can do something,” Ibrahimovic added.
“Obviously it’s not up to me, what a player wants and what a coach wants, it has to go together…
“I’ve got the opportunity now to play for my country and I do it with honor, but it’s not only about that – it sounds like I’m only happy to be here, but I’m here to get results, to bring results for the coach and my team-mates and the whole country.
“As much as I talk here, if I don’t bring results, here it means nothing.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to be in action for Sweden on March 25 against Georgia, also on March 28 against Kosovo. After the two World Cup qualifiers, he might feature for Sweden in a friendly match scheduled to take place on March 31 against Estonia.