Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed that he no longer has any ego and he refused to rule out the idea of potentially returning to AC Milan as a coach.
The surprise retirement of Ibrahimovic after the final match of 2022-23 was an emotional curtain call after a rollercoaster campaign with players, fans and even the big man himself in tears.
While there have been a lot of different hypotheses floated in the media regarding what the future might hold for the Swede, which is a daunting prospect for the 41-year-old himself no doubt given that being a football player is all he has ever known.
Interviewed by Corriere della Sera, Ibrahimovic spoke of his future now that he has officially retired from football, with his comments relayed by our colleagues at SempreMilan.it.
“Where do I see myself in 10 years? I take it one step at a time. The day at the Laureus campus [an association that supports minors below the poverty line through the power of sport] is an excellent example of what I love to do right now. I was not there to take, but to give something, to inspire,” he said.
On Milan being a second home: “All these places that I once called home have given me something. Italy has a special place in my heart and Milan is where I live today, time will tell the rest”.
On his character development: “Early in my career I was a time bomb, both on and off the pitch. At this stage of my life my ego has disappeared: I have nothing to prove. What brings happiness today? Motivating others to practice physical activity, in any form, is something that makes me happy.”
On coaching Milan: “If one of my dreams is to coach, perhaps Milan? You never know.”