Ibrahimović, one of the most decorated footballers of all time, has had a crucial role in putting Milan north of the Serie A table.
The 39-year-old has admitted he wanted to hang up his boots but decided to lay his decision off until the Rossoneri are glorious again.
’s fortune seems to be taking a turn since January when the Swedish forward rejoined the club, as they have not won aSerie A
title for many seasons. The Rossoneri are the titleholders now with five points in their advantage thanks to
scoring 10 goals in six appearances.
Italy’s top scorer was criticized when he came back to Europe as he laid waste to his former team LA Galaxy. However, he has proved them wrong through his remarkable performance in Milan.
The first question I got when I came back to Milan was related to all the ex-players who had returned and had not come up to the standards from the first time they were here, they had failure,” Ibrahimović said.
“What’s the difference in my case? I answered simply that I have never lost my passion for what I do. Every time I go out on the pitch, I feel like a small kid eating candy for the first time. I understand that the ball is my best friend and I want to be with my best friend for the rest of my life.
“Life is all about challenges. I felt I had done enough and I started thinking about whether to continue or not.
“For me, it was a big challenge to come back here to try to change the mentality, to try to change the situation and to make the players understand what Milan was about. The Milan I know, the Milan that the whole world knows.
Ibra pushes his team-mates to their limit for them to perform better in each game.
When I play, I bring my character, my personality and obviously my quality onto the pitch. I put a lot of pressure on my team-mates, I try to get the most out of each of them.
“Some take it in a good way, others a little less, some cannot handle it. They find it very hard in the sense that you have to perform when we decide that you perform, and I decided that we have to perform every day. The way you train is the way you play.
“Whether you are young or old I put the same pressure on you because if you are here there is a reason; you are here because you are good enough.
“But off the pitch, if you are young obviously I speak to you differently, I treat you differently, the behaviour is not the same compared to the older ones. But on the field, they are all the same for me.
“I’m never satisfied, I always want more and maybe that’s why I’m here today and I’m able to perform and do what I’m doing.
“I don’t see many players, in the past and in the present, able to perform like I am doing. I consider myself like Benjamin Button, I’m getting younger every day. I need to feel alive, to feel that I am giving something back