Ibrahimovic says will be hard to watch World Cup
After missing out on the World Cup, Sweden forward Zlatan
Ibrahimovic doesn’t consider the tournament to be compulsory
viewing – at least for him.
Sweden was eliminated in the playoffs last month by Cristiano
Ronaldo’s Portugal, leaving 32-year-old Ibrahimovic with some time
off after Paris Saint-Germain’s season.
”For sure I will see some games, but it’s not like I will run
home and sit in front of the television,” he said Friday during a
telephone conference call to promote PSG’s friendly against Real
Madrid on Jan. 2 in Doha, Qatar.
Sweden lost 3-2 at home to Portugal for a 4-2 aggregate
Ibrahimovic said it would be a ”struggle to watch games”
during the tournament in Brazil.
”I’m suffering. It goes away, slowly, slowly,” he said.
”Every game I am playing and trying to bring out this anger in a
”I think that disappointment will come back in the World Cup,”
Repeatedly referring to himself as ”Zlatan” in the third
person, Ibrahimovic said media had portrayed him as ”arrogant”
and ”cocky” with a big ego.
”If you have a big ego, you don’t win 20 trophies,” said
Ibrahimovic, who has won league titles with Ajax, Inter Milan,
Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG. ”This is something media makes up and
you have to live with.
”I try to be myself,” he said, going on to add that he can be
testy during interviews. ”When you ask a stupid question, you get
a stupid answer. That’s the way it is.”