A look back at the best Zlatan Ibrahimovic quotes including his comments on the biggest players of the world to his famous confident comments about himself and his career.
No one can argue against the fact that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is among the greatest and most influential football players of all time. A rebellious one of a kind footballer who has dazzled the football pitch for about two decades and at 39, is still showing no signs of slowing down.
A charismatic leader at every team he played at, Zlatan has had an illustrated career in Europe and USA. He is among the few footballers ever to reach the 500 goal mark, many of them were wonder goals.
Zlatan's back ground at martial arts has given him the ability and skill necessary to score acrobatic goals, like many backheel goals he has scored atAc Milan
, LA Galaxy, PSG and Italy national team. But his most amazing goal was without a doubt his scissor-kick goal from 40 meters against England in 2015 which earned him the Puskas award.
Zlatan is a true rebel. Nothing about him was ordinary. He is famous for his blunt attitude and cheeky one-liners in his interviews. Many have criticized him for his never-ending comments about his own greatness, but to his fans, it is what makes him great.
Zlatan is indeed one of the most enigmatic personalities in the history of football. In the following article we present you with a complete collection of
Zlatan Ibrahimovic quotes
, including parts on the best Zlatan quotes and
Ibrahimovic funny quotes.
A complete collection of Zlatan Ibrahimovic quotes including his quotes about his own greatness as well as his comments on Messi and Ronaldo.
Zlatan is one of the most successful footballers in the history of football. He has never won theChampions League
, the World Cup and the Ballon d'Or, but his contribution to the game has been much more than awards. Few players in the history of football could produce such great performances as he is doing at 39 years of age. The followings are a collection of
Zlatan Ibrahimovic motivational quotes.
"I did many stupid things. I made many mistakes, but I learnt from everything. I still make mistakes; I still learn from them. Nobody is perfect."
"I always want to become better. If never being satisfied is a problem, then I have it. At least it's a good problem."
"Never judge a person if you don't know him."
"I do not need a trophy to tell myself that I am the best."
"You never forget where you come from."
"When people criticize me, instead of putting my head down, it gives me energy to do even more."
"I know I'm good enough. I don't need to show it to you. Either you know who I am, or you don't."
"I decide my future. I decide what I want to do. Nobody else. If I decide this will be my last year, maybe it is. If I decide it will be my last contract, I decide that. Nobody else. So I will decide when the moment is there."
"Nothing is written in stone, as a career is an unpredictable journey."
"When you have my confidence, I will do 200% for you."
"Some things is made by destiny, yes, and other things by hard work, but quality you don't learn. Quality you are born with."
"If you are different, or you have minimum possibilities, you can still succeed. I am living proof of that."
"That's my hunger. If I start to relax, and I lose that, then I had better stop my football. I need that hunger. I still feel I need to do things 10 times better than other players. Just to be accepted and to improve myself."
"I want to be remembered as the football player I was. The private person is nobody's business."
"People are very curious and have written a lot of things about me. Right or not. I never comment on those things, because it's not much of my thing to comment on everything that's written about me."
"Some things is made by destiny, yes, and other things by hard work, but quality you don’t learn. Quality you are born with."
The towering Swedish superstar is also famous for his uncanny sense of humor. Zlatan's humor is, like many other things about himself, is somehow unique. He is funny when he is trash talking his opponents. And also when he talks big about himself. Or when he answers reporters' questions with his famous one-liners. The followings are some of
Zlatan funny quotes
"I don’t believe they can change the Eiffel Tower for my statue, even the people behind the club. But if they can, I will stay here — I promise you."
"I don’t think that you can score as spectacular a goal as those of Zlatan in a video game — even though these games are very realistic these days."
"Who is most deserving of all of the money that I, Zlatan, am paid? The answer is Zlatan."
"Do you know what I love about hunting? That I am no one in the woods, no one at all. I thought the animals might recognize me, but they didn't. They did not even ask me for any autographs."
"It is nice to know that even David Beckham doesn't have good taste in everything."
"I'm used to having a camera in my face but not a camera following me."
"One thing is for sure: aWorld Cup
without me is nothing to watch."
"I am a guy who likes those who drive through red lights."
"First I went left, he did too. Then I went right, and he did too. Then I went left again, and he went to buy a hot dog."
"I will find the real Ronaldo in Italy? None of it. There is only one Ronaldo, the Brazilian!"
In every generation, young football fans argue endlessly about who is the best player of the history of football. In this generation the debate is mostly betweenLionel Messi
and Cristiano Ronaldo fans. Zlatan has praised both Messi and Ronaldo many times. He played alongside Messi at Barcelona for one season and has had a very interesting rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo since his return to Serie A. The followings are
Ibrahimovic best quotes
about Messi and Ronaldo:
"Messi may have four Golden Balls but I don't have to get on a box to buy a chocolate bar in a vending machine, As for Cristiano Ronaldo, he's a privileged spectator, who only watches how Messi receives all his awards. He doesn't deserve to be in the top three, there are at least ten people better than him."
"Lionel Messi is awesome. Messi does not need his right foot. He only uses the left and he’s still the best in the world. Imagine if he also used his right foot, then we would have serious problems."
"Lionel Messi is all talent, whileCristiano Ronaldo
is the product of much training."
"Ronaldo scored a beautiful goal against Juventus, but he should try it from 40 metres and see if it goes in"
"Cristiano talks about new challenges. He calls it a challenge to go to a team already armed & that has been winning the Serie A. Several years ago, why not go to the 2nd division to become champion and take the team to the 1st? Bullshit, going to Juve is no challenge."
is a great football player. Truly one of the best in the history of football. He was one of those players who demonstrate their creativity and character on the field with a level close to perfection. The followings are the
Best Zlatan quotes
"Some coaches prefer players who will just do whatever he tells them to. It's like, if you're at school with a load of 10-year-old boys and you tell them to jump, everyone will start to jump. But the intelligent boy will ask, 'Why should I jump? Why?' That can be difficult for a lot of coaches, and I understand that."
"If you are too nice, you will just get eaten alive. The football world is not always a nice place."
"Every player needs a little time to adjust to new teammates and the mentality of the coach when you change clubs."
"When I started to play football, when I was around 15, 16, I remember the players that played on the national team and noticed that it was only typically Swedish guys."
"When you are the invisible man to the head coach, the only option is to head for the exit."
Zlatan is a very self-expressive character. Fans loved him for his self-confidence and blunt comments about himself and others. In this part we will have a look at
Zlatan Ibrahimovic quotes
about himself, his life and his careers.
"I think I'm like wine. The older I get, the better I get. I am the Benjamin Button of football."
"When you buy me, you are buying a Ferrari. If you drive a Ferrari, you put premium petrol in the tank, you hit the motorway, and you step on the gas."
"I can't help but laugh at how perfect I am."
"I think I am difficult to satisfy, because when I win something, I'm already thinking about the next step, and that is maybe a problem for me. I'm not enjoying the moment. I'm already on the mission to win the next trophy."
"If anything, the children of Paris should be giving me even more money for having the privilege of being in the same city as my incredible quality. And so should David Beckham. Call it a Zlaritable donation."
"I'm a guy of 92kg. I haven't got the physique of someone who can work back and then sprint up front again throughout a match!"
"I always put myself second - I like to make others happy."
"If I'd gone into taekwondo, I'd probably have won several Olympic medals."
"Everybody tries to score a great goal, and I am lucky I have netted a few."
"If I had an ego as big as the Eiffel Tower, would I have won this many collective trophies? I know people like to talk about it. And O.K., I am not going to answer every story. But maybe I will let my collective trophies speak for themselves. I don't know many other footballers who have won as much. Do you?"
"Whenever life's at a standstill, I need some action."
"I won’t be the King ofManchester United
, I will be the God of Manchester."
"I read all the time that people think I'm arrogant. They say I am cocky, a bad character. I had that from a young age. But when they meet me, they say, 'That image doesn't fit you."
"One time I got dressed in all black, Rambo-style, and took a massive pair of bolt-cutters and nicked a military bike."
"I got a bike when I was little, a BMX. I called it 'Fido Dido' after the tough little cartoon guy with spiked hair. I thought he was the coolest thing ever."
"I still feel I need to do things 10 times better than other players. Just to be accepted and to improve myself."
"The way that I opened the door for the young people that come from where I come from and that have a different background, that is what I want to be remembered for."
"An injured Zlatan is a pretty serious thing for any team."
"People often write after they finish their career, or they don't play anymore, or they are not anymore active. So I say, why do that? And let's do it differently."
"I don't think that you can score as spectacular a goal as those of Zlatan in a video game - even though these games are very realistic these days."
"I always drive like a madman."
"I can play in the 11 positions because a good player can play anywhere."
"I came like a hero, left like a legend."
"It’s true I don’t know much about the players here, but they definitely know who I am."
"My father is from Bosnia, and my mother is from Croatia, but I was born inSweden
"I had time with my mother, but I really lived with my father. One time he gave all his salary so I could travel to a training camp. He couldn't pay the rent, but he did that."
"My wife does not allow me to have pictures of myself. She says, ‘There is already enough talk of you and I don’t want to see you on the walls. It is enough that I see you in real life.’ There is one of my feet on the wall. That is what has given us what we have, it is a reminder for the family, not for me, of what we have."
"What do you mean, ‘present?’ She got Zlatan." (When asked what he got his wife for Valentine’s Day.)
In this part of our article on
we will have a look at his comments on his former clubs, teammates and rivals. Zlatan has worked with many of the world's best coaches. He had a very good relationship with Jose Mourinho, but his relationship with Pep Guardiola was very tense. His footballing idol was Ronaldo Nazario and he praised the Brazilian many times in his interviews. The followings are
Zlatan Ibrahimovic famous quotes
about football figures and his time at different clubs, including his quotes on his time atBarcelona
, PSG and Manchester United.
On his time at Barcelona:
"When I arrived at Barcelona, I was following a dream, but I now realize sometimes it's better to be content with what you have rather than follow a dream which nearly kills you."
"At Barca, players were banned from driving their sports cars to training. I thought this was ridiculous – it was no one’s business what car I drive – so in April, before a match with Almeria, I drove my Ferrari Enzo to work. It caused a scene."
On his time at Juventus:
"When I went to Juventus, I was young, but in training, I had legends like Fabio Cannavaro and Lilian Thuram marking me. I had to work hard to get my respect.
On Ronaldo Nazario:
"Best player I ever played against? I mean, I played against many, many good players, so I don't know who to keep. I would say Ronaldo the Phenomenon."
On Wayne Rooney:
"I would love to play alongside Wayne Rooney. He does the running of two or three players and makes a lot of space. We would be the perfect combination."
On John Carew:
"What [John] Carew does with a football, I can do with an orange."
On the famous incident with Mido:
"Mido picked up a pair of scissors and flung them at me. It was completely nuts. The scissors whizzed past my head, straight into the concrete wall and made a crack in it. I went over and gave him a smack, but 10 minutes later we left with our arms around each other. Much later I discovered our team manager had kept those scissors as a souvenir, to show his kids."
On Jose Mourinho:
"Jose Mourinho is a big star... he's cool."
On Arsene Wenger:
"Arsene Wenger asked me to have a trial withArsenal
when I was 17. I turned it down. Zlatan doesn't do auditions."
On Pep Guardiola:
"Guardiola was staring at me and I lost it. I thought 'there is my enemy, scratching his bald head!' I yelled to him: 'You have no balls!' and probably worse things than that."
"Then Guardiola started his philosopher thing. I was barely listening. Why would I? It was advanced bullshit about blood, sweat and tears, that kind of stuff."
"When you buy me, you are buying a Ferrari. If you drive a Ferrari you put premium petrol in the tank, you hit the motorway and you step on the gas. Guardiola filled up with diesel and took a spin in the countryside. He should have bought a Fiat."
We wrap up our article on
Ibrahimovic best quotes
with his best comments on the philosophy of God, Life and death.
"Anything that happens in your life was meant to happen. It is your destiny. I was destined to have the life I have now, and I can't have any regrets."
"I wish anyone in this world could go to his fridge and pick whatever he wants. Because the day you open your fridge and there is nothing in it, it is difficult."
"When I took my shirt off against Caen, everybody asked what these new tattoos were. I had 15 removable tattoos on my body; they are the names of real people who are suffering from hunger in the world."
"Only God knows... You’re talking to him now"
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic quotes
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