According to Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Zlatan would make a darn good sporting director, on account of his “big personality.”
Big? How about gargantuan?
“I spoke to Zlatan so that he’ll stay with us when he finishes his playing career and become sporting director,” Al-Khelaifi told French radio.
“If he does that, he’ll become the best sporting director in the world. He’s got a big personality and everybody respects him. I appreciate the professional that is Zlatan; the man that is Zlatan. He’s very, very funny.”
So, apparently Zlatan would make a good sporting director because…well…because he’s Zlatan.
It’s no surprise that Ibrahimovic is making friends in France, aside from his amazing 41-goal season. The towering Swede is as much of a personality as there is in sports, and is returning his value to PSG as a marketable asset ten-fold.
But it’s interesting to hear that his…erm…charm is also perking up ears for later on in his career.
The prospect of Zlatan entering the front office rings bells. Zinedine Zidane is currently making use of his personable side at Real Madrid, and is hoping that will springboard him directly to the upper echelon of management in the next few years.
Zidane’s success has gone a long way towards his goal of managing a quality team, especially considering the teams he’s been linked with, having no management experience other than alongside Carlo Ancelotti.
So would Ibrahimovic want to follow in Zidane’s footsteps and remain connected to the game in a recruitment and team-construction role? Zlatan does what Zlatan wants, so it’s impossible to predict his movements down the road, but it’s hard to believe he’d just fade into the sunset after his career comes to a close.
The only question remaining is: does Zlatan dare to manage, or does management dare to Zlatan?