AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed he would have scored four goals if he was 20 years old rather than the two he netted against Bologna.
Ultimately, it would be the Ibrahimovic show as the striker scored either side of half-time to take his tally to three goals for the season, netting with a trademark towering header and an even more trademark emphatic penalty.
The first goal came after an impressive spell of controlled possession inside the Bologna third, which ended with Theo Hernandez whipping in an inch-perfect cross to the far post, where the Swede got above his man to head inside the far post.
The second was a powerful penalty that Skorupski had no chance of reaching after Calabria had been fouled inside the box.
After the game, the 38-year-old spoke to Sky Italia about his ability to roll back the years with another dominant display.
“I’m fine, I’m working. This is the second official match. I could have scored even more goals. If I was 20 I could have scored two more,” he said (via MilanNews).
“I am like Benjamin Button, born old and dying young. The team is fine, we are working. You can see that we are not 100% yet, we made some mistakes that we usually don’t make but it was important to win first time and start well.
“The goal is to do better than last year. All the young people are doing well, they work and listen. They know what it takes to do well, they have discipline and after the last 6 months they know what it takes to do well. You need to stay focused every day.
“This year we have to think one game at a time, do well and play with confidence and each game as a final. The targets must be important, time will tell where we will arrive.
“I like having this responsibility with the team. The biggest pressures come from me. I don’t like them talking about my age, I want everyone to be judged on the same level. I like being on the same level as a 20 year old.”