Some call him arrogant while some others say he is overconfident. But Zlatan Ibrahimovic is surely one the best. He is currently the third-most decorated active footballer in the world with 32 trophies in his career. But what would his dream team look like? Here is Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s greatest squad of all-time.
11. Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon (The Wall)
For Zlatan, Buffon is like an unpenetrable ‘wall’. indeed, the Italian and Juventus goalkeeper is widely regarded by players, pundits, and managers as one of the greatest goalkeepers ever. He is the first goalkeeper ever to win the Golden Foot Award, which pertains to both personality and playing ability.
10. Right-Back: Lilian Thuram (The Animal)
Lilian Thuram is the most capped player in the history of the France national team with 142 appearances between 1994 and 2008. The French right-back was a quick, powerful and versatile player, capable of playing both as a center-back or as a right-back. According to Ibrahimovic, Lilian was an ‘animal’.
9. Center-Back: Thiago Silva (Complete)
When talking about Center-Backs who never panic, those who can calm every humiliating situation at ease, Thiago Silva would be the best example. The Brazilian defender has established himself as one of the highest rated defenders in the world. He is a complete guard as far as Ibra is concerned.
8. Center-Back: Fabio Cannavaro (The Pit Bull)
Cannavaro captained and led Italy to victory in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Italian supporters nicknamed him “Il Muro di Berlino” (“The Berlin Wall”) due to his defensive performances, which saw Italy keep five clean sheets and concede only two goals. For his ferocity, Zlatan calls him the ‘The Pitbull’.
7. Left-Back: Maxwell (Arrogant)
Maxwell is a Brazilian former professional footballer who last played as a left-back for Paris Saint-Germain, with Zlatan. At the time of his retirement, he was the most decorated active footballer in Europe, with 38 honors overall (33 for his club and 5 individually). He is as simple as ‘arrogant’ according to the Swedish demi-God.