Zlatan Ibrahimovic says Cristiano Ronaldo isn't the 'real' Ronaldo


What is Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s next move in career?

After conquering MLS, scoring 53 goals in 58 games for LA Galaxy, the 38-year-old is looking for his next challenge.

That is looking more and more likely to be a return to Italy.

In a recent interview with GQ, he gave a strong hint that would be the case.

“I will go to a team that needs to start winning again, that needs to renew it's history. I'll see you soon in Italy,” he said.

Earlier this week, the Telegraph reported that he had agreed to rejoin AC Milan - a club that certainly fits the ‘needs to start winning again’ narrative.

Zlatan may not have landed in Italy yet but he may have just caused a stir with the best player in the league - Cristiano Ronaldo.

In the same interview, via AS, Zlatan was asked about his potential duel with the Juventus star.


And Ibrahimovic gave a typical Ibrahimovic answer.

“Will I find the real Ronaldo in Italy? None of it! There is only one Ronaldo, the Brazilian one,” Zlatan replied.

And he didn't stop there.


"He is not a natural talent, but the result of his work," Zlatan added.

He signed for a team that won Serie A seven times in a row. Going to a club like that is not a challenge. If I really wanted a challenge, I should have gone to Juve when they were in Serie B to get it to Serie A and take it back to the top.


Of course, the legendary striker knows all about playing in Italy.

Zlatan moved from Ajax to Juventus in 2006 for €16 million, scoring 23 goals in 70 Serie A matches. He did help the side win two league titles before they were both revoked.

He then moved to Inter Milan, where another 57 league goals and three Serie A titles followed.

Then, after a spell at Barcelona, Zlatan returned to the San Siro - this time with AC Milan.

He helped the side win the league during his loan spell before a permanent move for the 2011/12 campaign, in which he scored 28 goals in 32 games.

And now, at the age of 38, it looks as though Zlatan is ready to return and take on the great Cristiano Ronaldo in the meantime.

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