Zlatan Ibrahimovic could play for another half-decade at the top of his game, claims agent Mino Raiola, who jokingly backed the Swede to potentially still be turning out whenhe is approaching50.
The former Sweden international remains in excellent form for his club and sits jointly atop the Serie A scoring chart this season with 10 goals to his name, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ibrahimovic – who won a Serie A crown during his previous stint with theRossoneri – returned to San Siro last term and has spearheaded their string of powerhouse performances ever since.
He almost retired at the end of the 2019-20 campaign, before a last-minute change of heart, and earlier this month claimed that he hoped to play until he physically no longer could.
Agent Raiola believes that the date whenIbrahimovic hangs up his boots could be further away than many anticipate, however, pointing to the talismanic forward’s energy and drive for the game.
“I’ve seen many players in my career who were tired at the same age of Zlatan,” he stated at Monday’s Golden Boy Awards, where he was named best agent.”I almost felt sorry for them to continue.
“I have never seen this tiredness in him. For me, he can easily play for five more years.
“I created him, he plays because I make him play. He could even play up to the age of 50!”
Raiola admitted that he feels he steeredIbrahimovic in the wrong direction with a move to LA Galaxy following a spell with Manchester United, but added that such experience could serve him well when he does retire.
“I regretted bringing him to MLS, it was a waste of time there,” he added. “In the future he will take an important role -maybe he can become the president of UEFAin order to change football.
Source : goal.com