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‘Zlatan will never be the best’: football great

Despite that fact that Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been ranked current third best footballer in the world according to an internet sport site, there are voices saying he can never be number one.

'Zlatan will never be the best’: football great

“In Italy there’s a lot of talk about ‘Ibra’ being able to become the best player in the world, but in order to become the best, you have to perform in the big away games, like the one versus Arsenal,” Laudrup said, according to football site goal.com.

According to the latest ranking by the football statistics website Whoscored.com, Swedish Zlatan is ranked as number three in the world with a rating of 8.17, beaten only by Argentina’s Lionel Messi at 8.67 and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo at 8.35.

But according to former AC Milan player Laudrup, who was voted Danish player of the year on four occasions, it takes more to be the number one player in the world.

He referred to Zlatan’s disappointing performance in AC Milan’s 3-0 Champions League loss away against Arsenal on Tuesday.

“You have to perform in the big away games. ‘Ibra’ didn’t do that. It’s one of the reasons why he won’t surpass Messi and Ronaldo,” he said, according to the goal.com.

After his team’s defeat to Arsenal, Zlatan said that the performance at the Emirates was not worthy of the seven-time European champions.

“You can lose in many ways but it’s not acceptable to lose the way we did this time. We’re Milan and we should be better and more stable than that,“ Ibrahimovic told Swedish journalists on Wednesday.

The big striker also said he felt uneasy with the 4-3-3-formation coach Massimiliano Allegri had opted for at kick-off, although he blamed the performance on careless mistakes.

“We were too cautious and we didn’t try to play our match. Throughout the whole period of playing three up top I felt out of position,” Zlatan told the gathered press.

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Zlatan has been ‘cured’ of coronavirus: AC Milan

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been given the all-clear to end his quarantine period and return to action after testing negative for coronavirus, the Serie A club announced on Friday.

Zlatan has been 'cured' of coronavirus: AC Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring a goal in September. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP
Milan confirmed in a statement that the Swedish striker had “tested negative” twice in a row, as stipulated in the protocol to be able to lift the quarantine procedure.
   
Ibrahimovic, 39, sounded a more triumphal note on his social media: “You are cured! The health authority says the quarantine is over, you can go out!”, he wrote on Twitter.

The announcement comes a day after Milan said Ibrahimovic had tested positive a second time for Covid-19, putting in doubt his participation in the Milan derby on October 17.
 
   
Ibrahimovic first tested positive on September 24.
   
The derby remains in doubt with two other Milan players and five from Inter currently in self-quarantine.
   
In spite of his absence, Milan have made a decent start to the season, having climbed to second in Serie A after winning all three of their games and reaching the group stages of the Europa League.
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