Ibrahimovic: "I don't need Ballon d'Or prize'

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Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has insisted that he is not interested in the race to be crowned Ballon d'Or winner, claiming that he is the world's best player regardless of what the FIFA poll concludes in January.

Ibrahimovic took his tally for the campaign to 21 goals for club and country last night, netting the opener in a 2-1 Champions League success for PSG over Olympiakos.

The Swedish striker is fourth favourite with the bookies to claim the Ballon d'Or behind Cristiando Ronaldo, Franck Ribery and Lionel Messi, but is adamant that he doesn't need any individual honours to be convinced of his own ability.

He told reporters following last night's Champions League clash in the French capital: "It seems very important to other players but to me it's not important.

"I know what I feel about myself and what I think about myself, that is the most important. I don't need a trophy to tell myself I'm the best."

The 32-year-old took his Champions League tally to eight goals against the Greek side, level at the top of the scoring charts with Ballon d'Or rival Ronaldo.

His latest strike helped PSG confirm their place in the Champions League knockout stages with a game to spare, with top spot in Group C also secured.

Voting for the Ballon d'Or closes tomorrow after FIFA extended the deadline for submissions due to a low turnout, giving Ibrahimovic and his competitors another week to press home their claims to be considered world football's shining star.

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