World Cup not worth watching
Sweden’s ever-modest Zlatan Ibrahimovic says the World Cup finals will not be worth watching without him in Brazil.
The PSG forward scored twice in the second leg against Portugal, but was overshadowed by opponent Cristiano Ronaldo, who notched a hat-trick in a dramatic 3-2 World Cup play-off victory.
“It was probably [my] last attempt to reach the World Cup with the national team for me,” said a disappointed Ibrahimovic.
“One thing is for sure, a World Cup without me is nothing to watch. Congratulations to Portugal, but both teams deserved to get to the World Cup.”
Clearly, Ibrahimovic has fond memories of illuminating his two previous World Cups, in which he has managed precisely zero goals and not one memorable performance.
The Swede was gracious enough to acknowledge that the best team progressed to next year’s finals.
“Of course I’m disappointed. I wanted to play the World Cup,” the striker added. “We did our best. Unfortunately, we played against a better team, better than us no doubt.”
Asked about his future plans, Ibrahimovic told TV4: “We’ll see, to talk out here in front of a television camera feels completely wrong. I run on, I am a proud captain. After a loss [we] will be back even stronger and that’s what I intend to do.”