Zlatan Ibrahimovic has given his two cents towards the never-ending debate between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ibrahimovic has crossed paths with both five-time Ballon d’Or winners during his career in Europe. He previously partnered Messi for a brief stint at Barcelona, and faced Ronaldo in the Champions League six times.
The LA Galaxy captain also spent nearly two years at Ronaldo’s old club Manchester United before arriving in the United States last year.
While the big Swede is no Ballon d’Or winner himself, many hail him as one of the best players of his generation. In fact, out of every single active player today, only Messi and Ronaldo have outscored his career-total of 535 goals.
Now Ibrahimovic has decided to weigh in on the great debate between the duo, where he spoke of Messi being settled in Barcelona.
The 38-year-old also revealed his respect for the hard worker Ronaldo, who currently plays for his old side Juventus.
“We will see where they are when they are my age,” Ibrahimovic told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“At 35 I was in United. It was not easy but, in my first season, we won three titles, breaking forecasts.
“You don’t know how many haters I have.
“I admire Cristiano, he works very hard and has played everywhere but in Italy it’s different, I’m not surprised that he scores less than before.
“About Leo, what to say? He has a unique talent and is at home. For me, he will never change teams.”
Ibrahimovic, meanwhile, recently indicated he would consider joining Ronaldo in the Serie A this January once his Galaxy contract expires.
While he’s approaching his forties now, the striker has scored an impressive 30 goals in 29 MLS games. Therefore, many clubs will likely be chasing his signature in the new year.
And one of them could be Napoli, with Ibrahimovic expressing an interest in reuniting with Carlo Ancelotti. The Partenopei coach even jokingly teased that he’ll give him a call about a transfer on Saturday.