The Milan striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, could not help the tears to be asked this Monday about the reaction of his family in his first press conference when he returned with the Swedish national team four years later. The 39-year-old Swedish star is the big news on the list to face the first two qualifying games for Qatar 2022 against Georgia and Kosovo and the friendly against Estonia.
“Not a good question. He was with Vincent (one of his sons) and he started crying when I left him. But it’s all good …“Ibra” said in Stockholm, who had to take a short pause and wipe her tears. “When I asked, they were all positive. When it comes to playing for your country, nobody is opposed. It’s just about giving up or not, “said the forward about the reaction of his closest people to a possible return to Sweden.
As he had done a few days ago in an interview broadcast by the Swedish Federation, Ibrahimovic reiterated that He returned for his performance at Milan, not for his name. “I am here because I deserve it, what I did before does not matter anything,” said the Swedish star, who was proud and assured that he was to “help” and that does not “demand” anything.
The all-time top scorer for the Swedish national team, with 62 goals in 116 games, confessed that if he had said “no” to return, he would have regretted within a year, and stressed that the important thing is “keep doing what you love as long as you can”.
“Ibra” withdrew from the Swedish national team after Euro 2016, but hinted last autumn that he wanted to return and met with the Swedish coach, Jan “Janne” Andersson, whom he had criticized on several occasions in the past for not including players of foreign origin. Sweden, Spain’s rival in the next European Championship, is also framed with Luis Enrique’s team in the same qualifying group for the World Cup.