Zlatan, who had the privilege to play along with Milan’s legend Paolo Maldini, is able to play with Paolo’s son, Daniel, thanks to his long career.
The Sweden joked about his long career and a generation shift he experienced in an interview with BBC’s Football Focus. He’s also hopeful he can be able to play along with
son as well.
“I feel like I've been here different generations. I played against Paolo Maldini and now I'm playing with his son, Daniel. Hopefully I can play with Daniel's son also, that would be a miracle,”
“I have a lot of experience, goals have never been an issue, I just keep going. I'm not the same player I was five years ago, I'm not the same player I was 10 years ago, we all change because of the development in your physical point of view.
“I'm honest in saying that I'm not running like I ran before; I'm running more intelligent now. The Italian league, the reason I say that it's the most difficult to play in for a striker is because it's very technical and the philosophy of Italy is to not to concede a goal rather than score a goal.”
He confessed he wanted to retire in the summer, but a conversation with
changed his mind. He picked up a knee injury last month, which unlike the one he experienced at
in 2017, he was able to leave the pitch on his feet.
“After my injury I said to myself that as long as I can play football I want to play. But when you play on this level it's all about performance. If you perform, if you bring results, then you are still on the top level.
“As soon as you don't do that someone else will come and they will perform. I like that pressure because I don't want to be here because of what I've done before. I'm here because of what I do at the present time and that is the pressure I put on myself.
“Whatever I did before I don't bring it on the table now because it's like I have to demonstrate every day who I am. That's why I bring out the best of me every day. I'll keep going until I can't do these things I'm doing.”