Pavel Nedved: Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a big problem when he joined Juventus

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Seventeen years on from making his professional debut for Malmo in 1999 and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, remains one of football's greatest strikers.

Age clearly hasn't proved detrimental to the Swede, who now plays for Manchester United and has four goals in seven Premier League appearances for the club.

His career makes for some reading. Since leaving Malmo for Ajax in 2001, Ibrahimovic has played for Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, winning league titles at each and every club.


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It's a testament to Ibrahimovic's sheer desire to carry on playing at the top level that he's still able to do so in his mid-30s - but it hasn't always been so easy.

That's according to former teammate Pavel Nedved, who's revealed the former Sweden international had a big problem when he signed for Juventus in 2004.

Nedved claims Ibrahimovic is the best teammate he ever played with, but despite being a striker, apparently he "couldn't finish" when he first arrived in Turin.

In an interview with Czech Republic outlet iDNES, per Squawka, he said: "In terms of teammates, I've had a lot and I don’t want to offend anyone.

"If I had to say one, though, I'd say Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"He's a striker who can cut through defences, he has scary power and height, as well as excellent technique.

"That said, when he came to Juventus he couldn't finish. What you see today is mainly down to the fact Fabio Capello took him for a half hour of shooting practice after every training session."

The great Zlatan Ibrahimovic couldn't finish when he first signed for Juventus - who would have thought it.

It's an entirely different story nowadays, though, following a title-winning season with PSG where the 35-year-old scored 38 league goals.

Goals, predictably, have been harder to come by in the Premier League, but an overhead kick on his debut for United and last month's acrobatic volley against Leicester City proved he's as clinical as ever.

And if evidence was ever needed of just how hard Ibrahimovic works to stay fit away from the football pitch, then the below Instagram post does just that.

Attached to a picture of the United striker wearing an altitude mask was the caption: "There is no free time, there is hard work and objectives."

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