Former Milan captain Montolivo heaps praise on Ibrahimovic: “He makes the difference”

By Isak Möller -

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has started this season in the best way possible. In just six games, he has scored ten goals for Milan, currently the top goalscorer in the league. His injury, therefore, is unfortunate. 

The Swede sustained an injury in the 3-1 win against Napoli after attempting a cross, forced to limp off. Some feared the worst but it doesn’t look like it’s anything serious, with the striker expected back perhaps against Parma.

Understandably so, Ibrahimovic has received a lot of praise for his impressive goalscoring record at the age of 39. Riccardo Montolivo, the former Milan captain, is the next to do so as he was interview by Sky Italia yesterday (via MilanNews).

“Ibra is a champion and like all champions, he makes the difference. At the moment, Milan have a conscious and maturity to be able to do well even without the Swede.

“But if Milan want to aim for something more than fourth place, they need to Ibra, just like Juve need Cristiano Ronaldo and Inter need Lukaku,” he stated.

Montolivo, who is now retired, played the football of his life when he arrived at Milan from Fiorentina. He became the captain but then suffered a very serious injury, breaking his leg while on international duty. After that, he lost all of the momentum.

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