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‘I’m like Benjamin Button!’ – Zlatan thrilled with new record

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, AC Milan
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on cloud nine after making history in AC Milan’s win against Sampdoria and teased that he never ages.

He may turn 39 in October, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues to outshine players even 15 years his junior in one of Europe’s most difficult leagues in the Serie A for AC Milan.

The big Swede is one of those rare players who cannot be defied by age or ordinary means. When an obstacle presents itself, he steps up to the challenge and overcomes it. It’s a rare thing for any athlete, let alone a footballer.

His return to AC Milan in January was a daring move, yet it’s arguably enhanced his reputation seven months later.

Zlatan has played an influential role in helping the Rossoneri climb from 11th in the standings to a top-six finish and European football for next season following an 11-match unbeaten run.

While Wednesday’s 4-1 triumph over Sampdoria saw Ibra score a brace to take his tally to nine league goals. He also assisted Hakan Calhanoglu’s goal in a man of the match performance.

More importantly, though, Zlatan’s double made him the first player to score 50 goals for city rivals AC Milan and Inter in the Serie A.

Speaking afterwards, the bullish 38-year-old claimed to be like a fictional character from a move in 2009 who aged backward.

“I’m like Benjamin Button,” Zlatan told Milan TV. “I’ve always been young, never old.”

The former Manchester United striker also paid tribute to head coach Stefano Pioli, who recently signed a new contract until 2022.

“I can say only positive things,” Zlatan said on Pioli.

“I’m happy for him because he did a great job.

“He worked under pressure without knowing the future. He did a great job and the renewal is deserved. When you work hard, you always get something back.

“I’m happy for him. He deserved this – it was not an easy situation. The team believes in him a lot and I respect him.”