Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice on Tuesday as Sweden drew 2-2 away at Denmark in the second leg of their EURO 2016 playoff as the Swedes qualified for the finals in France next summer ourtesy of a 4-3 aggregate win.
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After the game Ibrahimovic, 34, had a blunt message for the people of Denmark as he had previously stated he would retire from international play either after EURO 2016 or if Sweden didn’t make it to the finals tournament.
“They said they were going to send me to retirement,” Ibrahimovic said. “I sent their whole nation into retirement.”
How do you come back from that?
We are talking about a man who loves to be controversial and speak about himself in the third person. He has previously stated that he single-handedly put French and Swedish soccer on the world map and “daring to Zlatan” has become a phrase synonymous with outlandish comments such as saying “I don’t need Ballon d’Or to know I’m the best” and claiming the U.S. will win the World Cup… then laughing about it.
“If I have to finish with a Euros, then that’s destiny,” Ibrahimovic added. “Thanks for all the support and see you in France. There’s still a few months [before it begins] but we’ll be there.”
Despite the years ticking by Zlatan is in great form for club and country this season — in his own words “I’m like wine, I get better with age” — and his three goals for Sweden over the two legs of the playoff win against Scandinavian rivals Denmark took the skipper’s tally to 62 goals in 111 for his nation.
In his time at Paris Saint-Germain he has become their all-time leading goalscorer with 115 goals in 140 games for Les Parisiens and with his PSG contract running out at the end of this season, playing for Sweden in France next summer could be the perfect way to end his time on French soil before a new chapter awaits. Links with a move to Major League Soccer continue but for now, let’s sit back, once again, and enjoy his razor-sharp tongue and quick-wit.