Zlatan Ibrahimović: I’m growing tired of football

Striker admits he no longer has the same determination to achieve success in the game as he used to

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
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Ibrahimović joined Milan from Barcelona permanently in the summer Photo: L Ochoa, via Wikimedia

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Zlatan Ibrahimović has suggested he is getting bored of football, claiming that his view of the sport has faded from a burning passion into a dull daily routine.

The 30-year-old AC Milan forward, who joined the Serie A giants after spells at Barcelona and Internazionale, says he is growing tired of the game, heightening speculation that he is planning to retire in the not-too-distant future.

“Football is no longer burning inside me like it used to,” he is quoted as saying by Corriere dello Sport.

“I used not to think about anything else. Now it is not like that, I’m interested in other things.

“Now football is more part of a routine. You go to the training ground, you warm up, you train and then you go home. Before, I used to stay on after training because there was always something to do.

“It even takes a great deal of effort for me to play football with my kids in the garden – I now leave it to the babysitter.”

Ibrahimović, who penned a permanent contract with Milan until 2015 this summer after spending last season at the San Siro on loan from Barcelona, recently sparked speculation over his future by declaring his career is nearly over.

And the Sweden international admits he does not have the same determination to achieve success in the sport as he did in his younger days.

“With age you have to care for yourself more,” he continued. “When I was young, if I felt any pain or had any problems then I could still shoot at goal from 40 metres away. That’s not the case today. I have to take great care in my warm up before even kicking a ball. I’m getting old.

“I’m not kidding about my situation. I hate to say it, but I don’t have the same determination as I had before and I enjoyed myself a lot more a few years ago.”

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