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Ibrahimovic hyped up his abilities as a 39-year-old claiming that he is “better” than Benjamin Button

Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists that he cannot be tamed and that he is ageing “better” than Benjamin Button — a character from a film who ages in reverse.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The giant Swede shows no signs of slowing down despite his age having scored 10 goals in six Serie A appearances for AC Milan this season — a joint-high alongside Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku.

The 39-year old’s exploits have helped propel Milan to the top of the table on a 24 match unbeaten streak. The club are hoping to win their first title since 2010-11, during Ibra’s first spell at the club.

When he was asked who was less likely to be tamed between himself or a lion, Ibrahimovic told UEFA.com: “Zlatan, 100 per cent,”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

“You can tame a lion, but you cannot tame Zlatan. It’s a different animal.”

The Swede was then questioned on who was ageing better — himself or Benjamin Button, to which he replied:

“I’m doing it better because I’m living proof of it. Benjamin Button is just a made-up story.

“I’m the perfect profile for that movie. I’m doing the real movie, and Benjamin Button was a movie for the cinema.”

“I’m 39, and with what I have done, I have no obligation to work anymore, but I still have this passion for what I’m doing,” Ibrahimovic added.

“I’m never satisfied, and I always want more.”

“And as long as I can perform, I will play at a high level.”

The Rossoneri striker added that what he has achieved at his age is striking compared to several of his sporting peers.

“I don’t see a lot of players who are my age who were, or are, performing like I am doing.

“The moment a player goes above 30 is [meant to be] when they start to go down, and they quit. Above 30 is when I started to become even better.

“I hear athletes from [the] US say that they spent more than one million [dollars] to keep their body in shape. I am 39. I am in shape. I perform at the highest level. I spend zero to stay in shape.

 

 

 

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