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When Zlatan Ibrahimovic used one word to describe Messi and Ronaldo

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrated his 36th birthday yesterday, which served as a reminder that he's well into his mid-30s and STILL a world-class striker.

Ibra's senior career began almost 20 years ago with Malmo in 1999, and since then he's played for another seven clubs.

He joined Ajax in 2001 and then spent five years in Italy with Juventus (2004-2006) and Inter Milan (2006-2009) before signing for Barcelona.

His stay at the Camp Nou was a success but short-lived, though, and after just one season he moved to AC Milan on loan.

With another Scudetto in his trophy cabinet, Ibrahimovic then became a Paris Saint-Germain player in 2012, where he stayed for four years and won the Ligue 1 title in every season.

And now he's at Manchester United, who he joined last year on a free transfer, left this summer and then immediately rejoined after miraculously recovering from an Achilles injury.

So it's hard to believe that Ibrahimovic came close to quitting football altogether at the age of 15 in 1996.

According to his youth coach at the time, Johnny Gyllensjo, Zlatan needed convincing that he should keep playing the game he loved.

"He was not so keen to play football anymore," Gyllensjo told Manchester Evening News, per Goal. "As an amateur psychologist, I talked to him.

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"I think he really liked to score some goals and he couldn't do it and this was a problem for him. We could talk to each other and we had great respect for each other.

"He started to move on in Malmo and play in the team. And so we are glad that we have a little bit of an influence in his career."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic almost quit football because he couldn't score goals, who would have thought it.

The Swede soon started finding the back of the net and as time wore on he became lethal - and he knew it.

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Ibrahimovic is renowned for having a huge ego and there is a lot of evidence to prove that he thinks the world of himself.

A couple of years ago, in an interview while at PSG, Ibra was asked to describe Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and himself using one word. Here's what he said:

Lionel Messi: "Fantastic."

Cristiano Ronaldo: "Good."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: "Wow."

Ibrahimovic describing himself as, "Wow," isn't overly surprising, but something tells me Ronaldo won't have liked the fact he was only given, "Good."

Check out Ibrahimovic's interview in the video below.

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