Zlatan Ibrahimovic is “still so amazing” and “a superstar,” according to his former Sweden teammate Jacob Johansson, who believes it “shouldn’t truly be feasible” for him to be operating at such a high level at the age of 40.
Ibrahimovic has had a brilliant career spanning over two decades, with successful stints at clubs such as Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester United.
The veteran striker, who is presently on loan at AC Milan, is also Sweden’s all-time leading scorer, and Johansson admires his longevity at the highest level of the game.
So, what has been said?
Former Sweden international Ibrahimovic played with him for three years before the enigmatic forward announced his retirement from national team participation in 2016.
Ibrahimovic reversed his decision in March of last year and is now available for selection for Sweden’s remaining World Cup qualifying matches, and Johansson feels he can still be the difference maker despite his advanced age.
“Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaks for himself; he doesn’t require an introduction. He’s been a superstar for two decades, and it’s incredible that he’s still so excellent “FIFA.com quoted the former AEK Athens and Rennes midfielder as saying.
“It shouldn’t be feasible in the first place. Zlatan has been battling ailments recently, but we all know how tough he is. When he’s on the field, anything is conceivable. That’s why he’s a legend.”
How has Ibrahimovic fared so far this season?
Throughout the 2021-22 season, Ibrahimovic has struggled with fitness, missing a total of 15 games.
Despite his injury difficulties, the Swede has scored eight goals in 21 outings and returned to action earlier this month after being sidelined for two months with an Achilles tendon problem.
Milan’s push for the Serie A title has been strengthened by Ibrahimovic’s return, and he is expected to play again when they go to Cagliari on Sunday.
Following that match, Ibrahimovic will be hoping for another call-up to Sweden’s national squad ahead of their World Cup qualification play-off against the Czech Republic on March 24.