Monday February 13 2012
Ibra drops Champions League obsession

Ahead of Milan facing Arsenal in the Last 16 this week, Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he is no longer preoccupied with winning the Champions League.

Ibra has played in the competition for the likes of the Rossoneri, Barcelona, Inter and Ajax, but has never won the competition.

The year he left Inter they went on to win it, whilst either side of his year at Barcelona did the Catalans win the competition.

Speaking to UEFA’s official magazine on the premier European competition, the Swede claims his personal record in the competition doesn’t bother him anymore.

“The Champions League? I’m happy even without having ever won it. Many years ago my goal was to win it at all costs.

“If you make winning something too important, you will only end up not winning it.

“Now I point to all the trophies that I can win and if I do win the European Cup then great, and if I don’t win it then I don’t.

“And this does not diminish my career because I did everything I could.

“If I retire today I would say that I am very happy with my career.

“You win titles because you play with champions - they are the people that allow you to win, it is not an individual matter.

“My goal has always been to become a player who was as complete as possible. I believe I have achieved that, I know what I can do and I am ready to sacrifice to succeed.

“You do not win because you are number one, but because the team is number one.”