Zlatan Ibrahimovic of AC Milan scores his 400th league goal against Jose Mourinho’s Roma

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic met with his former coach Jose Mourinho at Stadio Olimpico on Sunday, October 31, and got the best of the Portuguese tactician.

Recall that Ibrahimovic worked under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United between 2016 and 2018 before he left for Major League Soccer club, LA Galaxy.

But on Sunday, Zlatan Ibrahimovic led AC Milan to play against Mourinho’s Roma in an Italian Serie A match. Since Mourinho became the coach of Roma last summer, he has not recorded a home defeat until Ibrahimovic’s AC Milan visited Roma.

During the game, the 40-year-old Swedish striker opened the scoring in the 25th minute. The goal was Ibrahimovic’s 400th league goal in his career.

Afterward, both sides could not score against each other until the end of the first half.

In the second half, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was fouled in the eighteen yard box, and AC Milan were awarded a spot-kick. Zlatan ought to take the kick but decided to give the opportunity to his teammate, Kessie who doubled Milan’s lead in the 57th minute.

Milan almost suffered a setback in the 66th minute when the club’s Theo Hernandez was shown a red card. The worst the red card did to Milan was a late-minute goal they conceded in injury time, thanks to Stephan El Shaarawy’s strike.

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The game ended 1-2 in favor of AC Milan. The win earned Milan an equal point with first-placed Napoli but Napoli are currently topping the Serie A table with superior goals difference.

While Roma are currently sitting on the 4th spot with 19 points in 11 games, 12 points away from first-placed Napoli and second-placed AC Milan.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants Kylian Mbappe to taste blood and walk on fire

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kylian Mbappe.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kylian Mbappe.

Ahead of Roma vs AC Milan game, Zlatan Ibrahimovic who played for Paris Saint Germain between 2012 and 2016 told Telefoot what PSG’s talisman Kylian Mbappe needs to do to be the best in the world.

According to Ibrahimovic, the 22-year-old French striker who has scored 6 goals and provided eight assists so far this season has not been doing enough.

Recall that Mbappe is one of the football stars shortlisted for the 2021 Ballon d’Or but according to Ibrahimovic, the Frenchman has to taste blood and walk on fire to become the best.

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He said: “I love Mbappe, but he isn’t doing enough. He can become very strong if he hurts himself. He needs to taste blood and walk on fire.

“Surround yourself with people who tell you you’re not good enough and you will become the best.”

Ibrahimovic made PSG what it is

Ibrahimovic made PSG what it is
File photo of Ibrahimovic at PSG.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic who joined PSG in 2012 believes that he made the over 50-year-old club what it has become today.

The Swedish football icon believes that it was when he joined the club that everything changed positively for the French giants.

“When PSG were bought out, I was one of the first to be signed,” he said. “And I’m very proud. Without me, PSG wouldn’t have become what it is now.

“Some people think I came for the money, the city, the life. No — I came, and everything changed.”

On Lionel Messi’s decision to join PSG after over 17 years at FC Barcelona, Ibrahimovic described the move as a good challenge for the 34-year-old Argentine football icon.

“It’s a good challenge for Messi,” he noted. “He will try something new after a long period at Barcelona, and he’s going to a very ambitious club that wants to win and is rising.”

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Ibrahimovic is not retiring anytime soon

Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains the talisman of AC Milan at 40.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains the talisman of AC Milan at 40.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic turned 40-year-old on October 3, but he believes that age is just a number and he would play football until he is no longer wanted.

The Swedish footballer has scored three goals and provided 2 assists in 6 games this season, a sign that his age has not affected his form.

In an interview with Telefoot, Ibrahimovic says the secret to his longevity is “in the mind”, adding that he is trying to prove that “40 is just a number” and he would continue to do what he loves.

“I want to keep improving every day”, he added. “Obviously, I can’t play the way I did before, but I am more intelligent now and have more experience. I am not surprised by my performance, I am the best.

“I have nothing more to prove, but I don’t want to retire and then regret it, thinking I could’ve continued. I don’t want to stop until I am kicked out, well and truly finished.”

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