Perhaps we shouldn’t have expected any different, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced himself on the first night of the Sanremo Festival in a typically bold way.
The club’s talisman Ibrahimovic agreeing to spend his March midweek down at the Italian Riviera, singing and participating in the 80-year-old Sanremo music festival, and at the same time continuing his training in Liguria.
Ibrahimovic will be a guest every night at the festival from 2 to 6 March, as has been in the plans for some time now, and the Rossoneri management have agreed a plan to ensure that he stays in top condition while away.
The Swedejoked with Amadeus saying that he was the director of the event rather than he, with his speech transcribed by MilanNews.
“Good evening Amadeus and good evening Italy, it is an honour for me to be here, but it is also an honour for you to have me here. Normally I feel big, powerful, but here I feel small. But always bigger and more powerful than you,” he said.
The jokes continued as Ibra took a swipe at Liverpool’s current injury problem by insisting they could use some of the four singers he will ‘sell’ in order to create an 11 vs. 11 game, on a stage as big as the pitch at San Siro.
“First of all, the Zlatan Festival will have 22 singers, eleven against eleven otherwise it is not regulated. I’ll sell four since there are 27 singers in the competition, there is Liverpool looking for defenders, otherwise I’ll put them in the garden and let them work. The second rule concerns the stage, that’s not good, it’s made for little people like you (addressed to Amadeus) I need 105 by 68 meters like San Siro, otherwise the Festival is canceled for me.”