AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had a bigger impact on Serie A than Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo, according to former Milan and Juventus boss Alberto Zaccheroni.
The Swede showed that he can still very much be decisive on the biggest stages as he scored a match-winning brace for the Rossoneri during Saturday’s 2-1 Derby della Madonnina victory over Inter.
The 39-year-old netted 11 goals in 20 appearances in the second half of the 2019-20 season, and has scored four goals in two games to begin the current league season, those being two braces.
In fact, Monday’s edition of il Corriere della Sera (via MilanLive) reported that ‘absolute confirmations’ have arrived that Ibrahimovic wants to extend his deal by another year until at least June 2022, with the club also keen on the idea.
Zaccheroni believes that he is making a bigger impact on Italian football that Cristiano Ronaldo has since his arrival at Juventus from Real Madrid back in 2018.
“I have coached great champions in my career, from [Oliver] Bierhoff to [George] Weah up to Adriano, but the only regret I have is that I never trained Ibrahimovic,” he told Il Giornale (via Goal).
“He is eternal and I still don’t understand why he never won the Ballon d’Or.
“In Italy, he has shifted the balance more than Ronaldo. It is no coincidence that many young players have grown exponentially since his arrival.
“He doesn’t just score. He transmits confidence to all his team-mates, carrying the team on his shoulders in difficult moments.”