Raiola: ‘Ibrahimovic is 90 per cent of Milan’

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Agent Mino Raiola maintains Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘resuscitated Milan and is 90 per cent of that team,’ while his time at the LA Galaxy was ‘a pity.’

The 39-year-old is currently the Serie A Capocannoniere and his team’s leading scorer in the Europa League too.

“Zlatan is in such good shape, sometimes he continues to do press-ups when I am sitting on him. And you know I am not light,” Raiola told De Volkskrant.

“He can play on until he’s 50 years old, but he only wants to play at the top level. He’s certainly at the top level now, as he resuscitated Milan and is now 90 per cent of that team.

“He inspires people not by what he says, but what he does. There’s also a little glint in his eye and a wink in everything he says to the media, the truth is he’s self-critical to an unimaginable degree. Failure just drives him crazy.

“Where were PSG before Ibrahimovic? Where were Milan? He sets the standards that clubs then benefit from for years to come. He passes on these lessons to the next generation and that’s why he should continue for as long as possible.”

Zlatan returned to Europe and Italy after a spell with MLS club the LA Galaxy.

“He lacked the intrinsic discipline around him there,” revealed Raiola. “Those years were something of a pity. He wanted to live there with his family, but it was tough because his teammates didn’t have the same desire to win that he did. Zlatan wants to win every time, even on a computer game.”


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