Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Swedish veteran striker, confirmed, on Tuesday, that he hopes to compete in the European Cup finals next year in Germany, to become the oldest player to take on this challenge at the age of 42.
“If I feel good and am chosen by the coach, I will help him, the team and the country, and I will do my best,” the Milan striker said during a press conference.
“At my age, it is not possible to think about the future, but think about the present, even if you are the past, the present and the future,” added Ibra, who is famous for his stinging and paranoid statements.
And if Ibrahimovic participates in one of his country’s next two matches against Belgium, on Friday, then Azerbaijan on Monday, in the 2024 European Cup qualifiers, he will break the record of the oldest Italian goalkeeper Dino Zoff, who will play a match in the Continental Cup qualifiers “40 years and 90 days in a year.” 1983».
At the age of 41, the Swedish star, returning to the ranks of Milan after a long period of absence from injury, wrote down his name as the oldest recorder in the history of “Serie A” in the 3-1 loss to Udinese last week.
Ibrahimovic, born on October 3, 1981, confirmed that he wanted to continue “to be compared to others.”
And in the event that he is able to compete in the European Cup next year after failing to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar at the end of last year, the descendant of Malmö will break the record for the oldest player, which is held by the Hungarian Gabor Kirali, who competed in the European Cup 2016 at the age of 40 years.
Sweden plays in a sixth group that includes Belgium, Austria, Estonia and Azerbaijan. The champion and runner-up of each group advance to the finals.
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