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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted that he is starting to need more recovery time between games to be able to play at the highest level at 39. However, his strong mentality means that he has no intention of leaving the game just yet.
Ibrahimovic is enjoying a remarkable season with Milan, despite a recent injury. His team currently tops Serie A and tops the league’s scoring charts with 10 goals in six games.
Although his scoring ability has shown no signs of slowing down, the Swedish striker admits that his body feels the effects of playing at the highest level.
“I would like to have Zlatan’s brain in a 25-year-old body,” Ibrahimovic said. Uefa.com. “Now I get tired faster than when I was younger. I sleep a lot because I need to recover more.
“Let’s say after games, before it probably took a day for me to recover and feel good and really fresh. Now I need two to three days, which is normal for my age.
“And as long as I can act, I will play at a high level. The day I stop acting, I will not play again because I need to feel alive. I need to feel that I give something back.”
Ibrahimovic signed a new one-year contract with Milan in the summer, keeping him at the club until June 2021, less than four months after his 40th birthday. The Milan striker cited his mentality as the secret to his longevity in the game.
“I am 39 years old and with what I have done I no longer have the obligation to work, but I still have this passion for what I do,” explained the Milan striker.
“I’m never satisfied and I always want more. I don’t see many players my age who were or are playing like me. The moment a player is over 30 is [meant to be] When they start to go down and give up Above 30 is when I started to improve even more.
“I listen to athletes from [the] America says they spent more than a million [dollars] to keep your body in shape. I am 39 years old. I’m in shape. I perform at the highest level. I spend zero to stay in shape. The secret is not how much you spend, the secret is in your head. “