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Zlatan Ibrahimovic said he cannot be tamed, while the evergreen Milan star insisted he is aging better than Benjamin Button.
Ibrahimovic has shown no signs of slowing down this season, despite the 39-year-old’s advanced years.
The former Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain striker has scored 10 goals in six Serie A appearances in 2020-21, a record alongside Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Inter’s Romelu Lukaku.
Ibrahimovic’s exploits have helped undefeated Milan top the table in pursuit of his first Scudetto since 2010-11, the former Swedish international’s first stint at the club.
When asked who is less likely to be domesticated, Zlatan or a lion, Ibrahimovic told UEFA.com: “Zlatan, 100 percent.
“You can tame a lion, but you cannot tame Zlatan. It is a different animal. “
When asked who is aging better, Zlatan or Button, a fictional character, replied: “I’m doing better, because I am living proof of it. Benjamin Button is just a made up story.
“I am the perfect profile for that movie. I’m making a real movie and Benjamin Button was a movie for the cinema. “
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– Zlatan Ibrahimovic (@Ibra_official) December 14, 2020
“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,” Ibrahimovic continued. “I am never satisfied and I always want more.
“I don’t see many players my age who were or are performing 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: how much you want it, how much you are willing to sacrifice. Thats the secret. It is the mentality and the mentality costs nothing ”.
Ibrahimovic added: “I would like to have Zlatan’s brain in a 25-year-old body! 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 between two and 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.
“I don’t want to have any advantage because I’m 39 years old and they tell me ‘hey, stop’ and that. No, I want them to consider me at a world-class level and compare me to everyone else, because then I try even harder. “