Paris Saint Germain talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic hopes Santa Claus wins the Ballon d'Or rather than the three high-profile contenders; Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery.
The former Malmo forward was initially touted as a potential winner of the prize before Ronaldo, Messi and Ribery were named on a three-man shortlist for the prestigious award.
And speaking to the press in Doha, Ibra joked: “The Ballon d’Or? For me, the three deserve to win it, but the one who must have it is Santa Claus.”
Zlatan will again come up against Ronaldo on Thursday as PSG face Real Madrid in an exhibition match which will take place in Qatar; and the 32-year-old spoke about his plans for the future and with his club.
He said: “Yes, it’s an option for me to finish in Paris and we’ll see what happens in the future.
“I’m never fully satisfied. The team progresses, the club has made a leap in a short time, but we must continue to work. We have great qualities and I am optimistic for the future,” he added.
The exhibition match will see Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti face his former club, and the Swede admits he looks forward to seeing his old coach.
“We’ll see Carlo Ancelotti, who was at the initiative of the new Parisian project and he left his mark," he explained.
"He pulled the group and the club up. He is a great coach, and I was happy to work with him at Paris and I wish him the best in Madrid.”
Indeed, the manager and the player enjoyed a good end to their relationship as PSG claimed the Ligue 1 trophy before Ancelotti's departure.
Ibrahimovic is regarded as one of the great strikers of recent times; and his up-to-date form, makes him worthy of such title.
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