There is a great deal of speculation surrounding Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future, and in the meantime the stats should encourage AC Milan.
La Gazzetta dello Sport writes how Milan have often been accused under Stefano Pioli’s tenure of having an ‘Ibra-addiction’, as the Swede led a young group on a path of growth and maturation when he secured his return to the club midway through the 20219-20 season.
He was exactly what Milan needed from a technical point of view thanks to his goals and his experience, but also because of the leadership he was able to show and the crucial lessons he was able to impart such as giving 110 percent in training and rousing the team in the dressing room.
Ibrahimovic has however missed quite a few games over the past couple of seasons, suffering with his Achilles tendon more than anything, but the team have shown that they are able to compete and get the job done without him.
So far since his arrival in January 2020, Ibrahimovic has amassed a total of 36 goals in 59 appearances, or an average of one goal every 125 minutes. Last year he finished in front of everyone at 17 goals and this year he is on 8 goals despite missing 15 matches.
The team are still top and they have 16 different goalscorers in the current campaign, with the likes of Pierre Kalulu and Ismael Bennacer chipping in with winners recently. In short, Milan found themselves free from their addiction, meaning they can make a decision on a renewal without pressures.