Sport Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes Sanremo festival debut: I have been the best on this stage
'Vagabondo' Ibrahimovic hitches ride on motorbike to sing at Sanremo
AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic revealed on Friday how he had to hitch a motorbike ride to avoid missing Italy's legendary Sanremo Music Festival where he was performing a duet with Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic. The rider, identified as Franco, told Radio Monte Carlo on Friday that Ibrahimovic had wanted to ride the bike himself over the 60km to Sanremo. "I was returning home and, while I was stopped in traffic, I saw this black van. There were two people and one looked like Ibrahimovic. So I thought: 'But this is Ibra!' he recalled."At that point the driver lowered the window and told me: 'Ibra asks if you can take him to Sanremo'.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic declared "I have been the best on this stage" as the Milan star made his controversial debut at the Sanremo festival.
Ibrahimovic has been criticised for attending the music event, which spans four days, while Milan fight for the Serie A title.
It also comes as the 39-year-old forward nurses an injury, forcing him to miss Wednesday's clash against Udinese at San Siro after exiting Sunday's win away to Roma.
But Ibrahimovic looked comfortable on Tuesday, stepping out on stage as co-presenter while joking with fellow presenter Amadeus.
"It is an honour to be here, but also an honour for you to have me here," Milan's top goalscorer Ibrahimovic told Amadeus.
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"Normally I feel big, powerful, but here I feel small. Still bigger and more powerful than you, though."
Ibrahimovic added: "First of all, there will be 22 singers in the competition, 11 against 11, otherwise it's not right.
"Seeing as there are 26, sell four of the singers, I hear Liverpool are looking for players. If not, put them in the garden and I'll get them working.
"The second rule is about the stage. It's too small, made for small people like you. I need the stage to be 105 metres by 68 metres, like the pitch at San Siro.
"No stress, don't worry, as long as Zlatan is here, everything will be fine. Zlatan's Festival lasts 90 minutes plus stoppages.
"I have been the best on this stage. Not just tonight, but of all time."
Ibrahimovic has scored 14 Serie A goals this season – only Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo (19) and Romelu Lukaku (18) have managed more – as Milan sit second in the table, four points behind leaders Inter.
Ibrahimovic at the San Remo Festival: (not) a problem? .
In the coming week, from March 2nd to 6th, the famous San Remo Festival will take place in Italy. The music event is known as the "Festival of Italian Song", and the winner of the event has the chance to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest for Italy. This year, the festival is likely to get a lot of attention from soccer fans.