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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Claims He's On Par With Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

By Amreen
Zlatan Ibrahimovic considers himself the equal of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
Zlatan Ibrahimovic considers himself the equal of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi / Nicolò Campo/Getty Images

Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes he is on the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and insisted he has "nothing less than them" despite never winning the Champions League or Ballon d'Or trophies.

The 39-year-old has enjoyed a long football career, playing for nine different clubs in seven countries, and scoring 502 goals. He's still going strong at Milan, and believes he shouldn't be considered inferior to Messi or Ronaldo.

"If you're talking about intrinsic qualities, I have nothing less than them," he told France Football magazine.

"If you look at the trophies… yes, I didn't win the Champions League.

"But I don't know how you calculate it. I'm not obsessed with it because when you do good things collectively, the individual follows. The individual cannot be good if the collective is not good.

"[Do] I miss the Ballon d'Or? No, it is the Ballon d'Or that misses me! Deep down, I think I'm the best player in the world. I don't think it's relevant to compare players with each other. Everyone has played in their generation, with different team-mates… [it is] difficult to compare. I think everyone has their story and should face it."

Ibrahimovic has played for the likes of Juventus, Inter, Milan, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester United, but is yet to football's most coveted trophy - the Champions League. Milan are back in Europe's top competition this season for the first time since 2013-14, and will take on Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, and Porto in a tricky group.