Last week, Paris st Germain, suffered a big injury blow, losing the club’s icon, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, for at least four weeks.
Since his arrival, the Swedish international became every fan’s favorite; even rumors about a possible return to Serie’s A winner Juventus, didn’t change the Parisians belief, that “Ibra” will stay in Paris, after the end of his contract, in two years time.
Injured or not, the countdown has began; only two more seasons to admire this magician’s extraordinary skills! Two years time’s too short for PSG’s supporters, but what next? Will Zlatan disappear not only from the pitch but also from Football’s world scene? Here’s some of his thoughts, confided in ESPN fc.com.
” My contract goes till 2016 he said, I’ll be 34 and I don’t think that I’ll be as good as I am at that age.Football now it’s business; at the beginning, when I started, everything was fun. Now if you don’t get results, someone else comes and takes your place. I’ll be here for a couple of years and then, I’ll watch the games, in front of the television.”
“I had never seen myself playing in France, before now, but I’m enjoying my time here. Helping the club to reach another dimension is very special. I’m very happy and proud! In the dressing room, I’m one of the leaders; there are a few others; too. I’m playing with very good players,who respect me as I respect them. “
So, what are the future plans of the Swedish giant? A new career as PSG’s Sports Director thus fulfilling PSG’s president’s wish, Nasser Al-Khelaifi ?
“We will wait and see what happens then, but first, I’ll will try to bring great results to the club, on the pitch” laughs the player.
Does he really not know about his future plans? It doesn’t seem so. “ When you stop playing football, you wake up, have breakfast, but what about the rest of the day ? he said in ” Le Parisien”. I didnt finish school, have no diplomas to help me find a job outside the football world. But maybe my” Sports experience” will open a door for me.”
Maybe this door, is already open, by the club’s president: ” I’ve already spoken with Zlatan, about his future with us; he could be the best Sports Director in the world, he said in french radio RTL, but the deal will be difficult, for he’s a tough negotiator.”
Zlatan is a modern (football) hero; not one of the greek tragedies, but more like the mythic Hercules, young at heart, who never shows any weakness and is ready for new adventures. The Parisian player is very proud about his achievements; he was able to choose, like Hercules did, the “Straight Way” when his childhood could make of him a hooligan. He’s a free man and the sole captain of his life.
He won’t be the only one in PSG’s list of famous retired players; David Beckham, Pedro Miguel Pauleta, Claude Makelele, Gregory Coupet, Joel Bats and recordman Paul Le Guen, 344 caps.