LA Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed that he would be able to perform better in this summer’s World Cup than those in the current squad for his national side.
The 36 year-old who is regarded as one of the most lethal finishers on the planet, has had to sit back for the first time in 20 years and watch on as Sweden beat South Korea 1-0 followed by a 2-1n defeat to Germany.
Sweden currently sit third in Group F and at this stage it would take a minor miracle to pull them through to the Round of 16 in the competition.
When asked by ESPN whether being a fan rather than a player was tough, his reply was simple.
“In the beginning, the first games was different because I felt I can do it much better than them, obviously. And still I feel that. But there is a time when you say let them do it and let them enjoy because where I came from, I was not welcome.
“I was different. I came from a different background. And I went through all those things and I became the captain on my national team. I mean, bigger than that it cannot be.”
Ibrahimovic left Manchester United to join the MLS side LA Galaxy after suffering an injury and losing game play to Romelu Lukaku. With seven goals in 11 appearances for LA Galaxy, he continues to perform.
However after the giant forward hit 62 goals in 116 games for Sweden, he retired from the Swedish national team in 2016 once the European Championships had finished.
During the build-up to the World Cup there had been speculation that Ibrahimovic might make a dramatic return, but his appearance in Russia was for commercial reasons only.
Sweden next play Mexico at 3pm on Wednesday.