Zlatan Ibrahimovic eligible to play in 2016 Rio Olympics

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic could feature alongside the likes of Mo Farah and Usain Bolt in Rio De Jainero next year at the 2016 Olympics.

This has been made possible by Sweden U21's qualification to the semi-finals of the U21 European Championship, and Ibrahimovic has revealed he would have no reason not to play if asked. 

The Swedish U21 team were impressive in the group stages of their current tournament, having knocked out big hitters like Italy and England. They are now set to face off against Portugal in the final, the team against whom they played in the group stages, after drubbing Denmark in the semis.

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Olympic glory

The Olympics is no stranger to superstar footballers, with Lionel Messi, Zlatan's former teammate at Barcelona, having won the gold medal eight years prior in Beijing and Neymar - also of Barca -coming close in the final four years later. 

Ibrahimovic could possibly be joined by a host of stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, whose homeland Portugal also qualified for Rio. If he does participate it could be a point of serious interest for Zlatan, as he would be on a flight to Brazil two years after he missed out on football's premier event, the World Cup, in the same location.

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As for the man himself, he talked up the possibility, stating: “It’s all about how the situation looks at that point but if I have the chance to represent my Sweden at an Olympics, why not?

"We’ll have to see how the situation is … but if I’m available, absolutely.”

Bitter feelings

There might be a few bitter feelings in the U21 Euro final, as Sweden lost in the senior play-offs for the World Cup to none other than Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal two years ago.

The only hurdle would be Euro 2016, which could play spoilsport in the Swede's quest to add more silverware to his already illustrious career in which he has played for some of the world's biggest clubs, as he may participate in France for the senior squad.

Bottom line though, it looks like Zlatan approves.

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