​Mercurial Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic has stated in a recent interview with CNN that former Arsenal midfielder and French international Patrick Vieira is among the best players he has ever shared a football pitch with.



Ibrahimovic, 34, was team-mates with Vieira atJuventus and Inter Milan and with both sides the duo won Serie A four times in a row - once with Juventus and three times with Inter, though the 2005-06 Juventus title was later revoked.


Inter Milan Team Practice


Prior to his £13.75m switch to Juventus, Vieira had won both the World Cup and the European Championships with France, while also winning the Premier League three times - including the famous 'Invincibles' triumph - and the FA Cup four times with Arsenal. 


Despite sharing pitches with footballing icons such as Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Wesley Sneijder and Alessandro Del Piero, Ibrahimovic picked out the current New York City FC head coach for praise.


"For me, (Patrick) Vieira is one of the best I've played with," he said.


"The guy was a monster when I played, and (he) taught me a lot outside and inside the pitch."


Serie A - Parma v Inter


In the same interview, Ibrahimovic - who recently became Paris Saint-Germain's all time top scorer with a current record of 117 goals in 143 games - also claimed that when the time was right for the striker to retire, the footballing world wouldn't forget him in a major hurry.


"Hopefully they will miss me," Ibrahimovic stated, "which I know they will."


Recently, Ibrahimovic played a starring role as Sweden qualified for Euro 2016 at the expense of their Scandinavian neighbours Denmark, scoring three goals over two legs to give his nation an aggregate 4-3 win.


The three goals he scored - including a stunning 25-yard free kick - leaves him 13 goals clear in the all time Swedish goalscorers chart, with Ibrahimovic's record reading 62 in 111.