A return in style, enough to proclaim himself the next king of Sweden. «King Carl Gustav XVII» is the post published by Zlatan Ibrahimovic on his Instagram profile, with a photo of him wearing the Sweden shirt. All as if he were really the successor of the current ruler: “It’s true, there is the old king and there is the new king”, said the Milan striker a The Gazzetta dello Sport. After all, when he was summoned, he commented: “The God has returned” …
Decisive on the pitch
Zlatan packaged the assist for Claesson’s 1-0 winning goal against Georgia, in the first world qualifying match for Qatar 2022: “He was close to me, he had just called me and said” I’m behind you, Zlatan ” . I knew where it was, so I checked the ball with my chest and passed it back so Viktor could score. That’s all. It was very exciting to come back and now we have to continue, we can only improve by spending more time together and getting to know each other more ».
Hymn and butterflies
He returned to be a protagonist without imposing his past, as he explained in the conference, that of sudden tears when he started talking about his two children, Maximilian and Vincent. “My return? I felt butterflies in my stomach. No pressure but I was excited, it was good, a great feeling ». Furthermore, for the first time in his career Zlatan sang the Swedish hymn «Du gamla, du fria», «Tu vecchia, tu free». A specific request from coach Janne Andersson was addressed to all those called up when in 2016 she accepted the Federation’s offer to sit on the national team bench: “I told him that after singing in Sanremo he should have done it with us too, because it’s important”. No sooner said than done. Zlatan learned the text, written in 1844: “I had to study it, I learned it. It was nice to sing it. Did I sing well? I mean, ask Isak who was standing next to me, ”he joked. In perfect Ibrahimovic style.
March 26, 2021 (change March 26, 2021 | 12:59)