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Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes that leaving AC Milan after last season’s title win would have been “too easy”. The 41-year-old is back in his national team for the upcoming Euro 2024 matches against Belgium and Azerbaijan. On Sunday, Ibrahimovic became the oldest striker in the history of Serie A. Many questions at a press conference in Sweden on Tuesday were about his age and what it is like to be in the national team in his 40s. He was also asked why he didn’t leave AC Milan after winning the Rossoneri’s first title in 11 years last season.
“Leaving AC Milan after the title would have been too easy. It wasn’t an ending that would have suited me. I am here to make a difference, otherwise I wouldn’t be here. I don’t want to talk about my age, I have a lot to show to prove those who thought I was finished wrong. I had three surgeries in 14 months, but there was a time when the knee wasn’t getting better. I was in the tunnel and couldn’t see the light at the end, but fortunately things got better. I never give up. Challenges give me adrenaline. You journalists also helped me at the beginning of my career. When I was young, people wrote that I was different, egocentric and a troublemaker. You helped me along the way. I was celebrated for being the oldest striker in Serie A, but I don’t want records because I’m old, I want them because I’m myself,” he said, quoted by Calciomercato.com.
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