Serie A icon Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims the Swedish media cost him a World Cup place. “I don’t have a typical Swedish name…”
Ibrahimovic hoped to come out of international retirement for the Russian showpiece after Sweden booked their place at the expense of Italy, but boss Janne Andersson preferred to stick with the players who helped the country qualify.
“This is the Swedish media mentality. I don’t have a typical Swedish name,” the LA Galaxy striker told reporters.
“I’m not the typical Swedish attitude, behaviour and that and still I have the record in the national team.
“I think it’s the biggest party in football, playing in the World Cup. All the best players are there. Zlatan is not there so… he should have been there. But he’s not there.
“I won what I won. I played in Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, Milan, PSG, Manchester United and Galaxy.
“So if you don’t know how to do it collective why did you play in the biggest teams in the world, and you won? I know how to win, trust me. And I do it good.”