Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he is the best ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and takes dig at his past teams

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC has claimed he has 'nothing less' than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo and insists he is not bothered about having never won the Ballon d'Or.

The 39-year-old has scored an incredible 502 goals in 835 appearances in a quite incredible club career.

And he is continuing to pull up trees despite rapidly approaching 40, netting 28 goals across his last two campaigns with AC Milan.

But despite his remarkable record and success, Ibrahimovic hasn't ever quite received the praise of Messi and Ronaldo.

He has also failed to win the Champions League.

However, the Swedish legend does not believe there is anything between the three of them.

Speaking to France Football magazine, he said: "If you're talking about intrinsic qualities, I have nothing less than them.

"If you look at the trophies… yes, I didn't win the Champions League.


"But I don't know how you calculate it. I'm not obsessed with it because when you do good things collectively, the individual follows. The individual cannot be good if the collective is not good.

"[Do] I miss the Ballon d'Or? No, it is the Ballon d'Or that misses me! Deep down, I think I'm the best player in the world.

"I don't think it's relevant to compare players with each other. Everyone has played in their generation, with different team-mates… [it is] difficult to compare. I think everyone has their story and should face it."

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Ibrahimovic is preparing for a third season with AC Milan but will not come up against Ronaldo in Serie A following the Portuguese superstar's return to Manchester United.

Ibrahimovic also looks set to make a brief return to England when his Milan side come up against Liverpool in the Champions League.

The seven-time European champions have also been drawn in a group alongside Atletico Madrid and Porto.

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