Either you believe in Father Christmas or not, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has certainly proven to be the gift that keeps on giving at San Siro.
The Swedish striker, Ibrahimovic has declared he is Santa Claus as he brings gifts to 27 children; his two in Sweden, and his 25-team-mate as AC Milan. The veteran has helped steer the Rossoneri back towards a Serie A title challenge since his return for a second spell at the club in January.
The only unbeaten team in Europe’s top-five leagues in games played since the 2019/20 shutdown in March caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Milan sits top with 34 points from 14 matches exactly double the tally they had at the same stage last season.
Ibrahimovic has scored a total of 10 goals in six league games this season. Although, Milan has had a better win rate without him the team since his first game back at the club on January 6th.
Moreover, the 39-year-old’s impact on and off the pitch has helped turn Stefano Pioli’s side into genuine contenders at least for a top-four finish, the seven-time champions of Europe having not played in the Champions League since 2013/14 campaign.
Hence, the former Man United and PSG star feel like a gift that keeps on giving at the club where he was always been happiest.
He said, “I never ask for anything for myself. I am Santa Claus. I am the one who brings gifts to all my 27 children. Two are in Sweden and the other 25 are at Milanello”.
“This year, huge congratulations for what we have done and what we’re doing. We’ve lost very few games. I don’t know if that’s thanks to me, but I did do something. I brought something in”.
Still, Ibrahimovic claims he would not trade his 12 Guldbollen for France Football’s prize. The reason being, he considers his longevity to be a great achievement.
“I wouldn’t swap my 12 Guldbollen for one from France Football because, for me, they mean continuity,” he said.
“I have seen many who have won the World Cup, European Championship, Champions League, even the Ballon d’Or. Definetly, I had a wonderful year, then later they disappeared. But I’ve been in the game for 25 years. Always at the top. It’s a big difference.”