The Swedish veteran, Ibrahimovic has had a bigger effect on football in the country that his Juventus counterpart. Claims the ex-Rossoneri coach.
According to former AC Milan and Juventus head coach Alberto Zaccheroni, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had a greater effect on Italian football than Cristiano. The 39-year-old Zlatan has made a considerable impact since he rejoined AC Milan in January. He has scored 11 goals in 20 appearances in the second half of the 2019/20 campaign.
Moreover, he has been in equally impressive form this season despite missing almost a month after contracting coronavirus, taking his tally to four goals in two games with a double against Inter Milan during the weekend.
As one of the best strikers of his generation, Ibrahimovic spent two years with AC Milan in his distinguished career, a stint that involved securing the 2011 Serie A title.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo had been prolific since he joined Juventus from Real Madrid in 2018. In 91 appearances, he scored 68 goals across all competitions.
Though, Zaccheroni is in no doubt which player has had more influence on Serie A.
He said, “I have coached great champions in my career from Bierhoff to Weah up to Adriano. But the only regret I have is that I never trained Ibrahimovic”.
“He is eternal and I still don’t understand why he never won the Ballon d’Or. In Italy, he has shifted the balance more than Ronaldo. It is no coincidence that many young players have grown exponentially since his arrival”.
“He doesn’t just score. He transmits confidence to all his team-mates, carrying the team on his shoulders in difficult moments”.
On the other hand, Ibrahimovic feels his current form is unstoppable for opposition defenders and that his all-round game is being perfected with age.
He says, “I feel more complete. I have more experience. When you are young, you are still growing. You spend a moment where you are learning things, playing games, you have moments and situations that repeat themselves”.
“Now I feel complete. If I had the condition of 20-30 years, nobody would stop me. But anyway, they don’t stop me even now”.