Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed he considered retirement in the summer, but decided he needed to help Milan back to their glory days.
Ibrahimovic has made a superb start to the season, scoring 11 goals in 10 games, and helping the Rossoneri from mid-table to five points clear at the top of the Serie A table.
The Swede has impressed since making his return to Milan, although talk about his future continues after he turned 39 in October. And the veteran striker has admitted he wants to continue playing and winning games.
“The first question I got when I came back to Milan was related to all the ex-players who had returned and had not come up to the standards from the first time they were here, they had failure,” Ibrahimovic told UEFA.
He added, “What’s the difference in my case? I answered simply that I have never lost my passion for what I do. Every time I go out on the pitch, I feel like a small kid eating candy for the first time. I understand that the ball is my best friend and I want to be with my best friend for the rest of my life."
Revealing what he felt before making this move, Zlatan said, “Life is all about challenges. I felt I had done enough and I started thinking about whether to continue or not. For me, it was a big challenge to come back here to try to change the mentality, to try to change the situation and to make the players understand what Milan was about. The Milan I know, the Milan that the whole world knows."
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Ibrahimovic also admitted he will continue playing until he can, but "ego" would not play a part in his decision. He added, "As long as I will continue to feel good. Because when the years go by, we no longer talk about quality, but only about how you are physically."
The Swedish legend concluded, "If you are physically well you can do it, like [Francesco] Totti. But it applies to everyone. It is not a lack of quality, if one is in the right physical condition he can do it. That's the important thing, losing quality is impossible. It's whether you can do it physically or not."