CM: Question marks emerge over extent of Ibrahimovic’s influence

By Oliver Fisher -

More information continues to filter regarding what Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s role with AC Milan will be, and what has convinced him to return for a third spell that will be very different to the previous two.

As Giancarlo Padovan reports for, what filters is that Ibrahimovic will be advisor to and consultant for Gerry Cardinale, the owner of the club. The powers he would have and how he could exercise them are another topic, however.

Cardinale is a big admirer of Zlatan’s personality and his charisma, but his return does call into question whether the collective working group formed after Paolo Maldini’s exit can continue, because Ibrahimovic is not suitable for a subordinate role and wants to have a decisive say in things.

For roles such as sporting and technical director, courses must be completed at the Coverciano Technical Center and qualifications obtained, the same goes for coaching too, which is why a more all-encompassing but less official position was needed.

Ibra is believed to have asked for freedom of action and decision, but Padovan questions whether that can co-exist with a shared working group like the one CEO Giorgio Furlani, chief scout Geoffrey Moncada and technical director Antonio D’Ottavio have.

Everything is possible, but thinking of Ibrahimovic as a moderator who puts out fires seems difficult when his entire career has been based around being the strength and the driving force. The writers adds: “Once depowered, he has no more value. Or he loses a lot of it.”

Ibra would like to be many things (coach, manager, president, owner) but above all omnipotent, like when he demonstrated his undisputed superiority on the pitch. However, the laws of the field no longer matter and he is about to start a whole different game, where ‘it is easier to lose than win’.

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  1. Lol @Yelnats 😂 I don’t wanna know where that hand has been 😂😂😂

    This seems to me like the making of Maldini part two. Cardinale wants the aura and charisma of Zlatan but doesn’t want him to be the man or make too much noise. Its obvious. He wants the benefit of Zlatan without the Zlatanness of Zlatan. They did the same with Maldini, used him for his aura and attraction and when they think they didn’t need him anymore let him go. The other article talked about a define role and went into the most vague description ever haha 😂. 360 degrees? advisor? What specifically is Ibra’s job and how is it different to what was there before. I have a hard time thinking a vocal person like Ibra would not cause a “disharmony” if you will 🤭

  2. The problem with this setup is if Pioli gets sacked, how do you sell the presence of Ibra to a better/more established coach? Say, they are talking to Conte, and he asks what’s Ibra’s purpose/input?

    Pioli would want Ibra for his fire (which Pioli clearly doesn’t have) but a more complete coach might have a problem with Ibra’s presence and unconventional role.

    Then what do you do? Boot Ibra out or find a coach that doesn’t mind Ibra as a baby sitter? Curious how this all unfolds.

  3. @ACM1899 I tell you, this is more intriguing than ppl think….so far no one really knows his exact role being offered. Just a bunch of very vague, all encapsulating job descriptions. I want to see how this all works out. What exactly his role is and how he fits in

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