Sport Ibrahimovic has 'shifted the balance more' in Italy than Ronaldo

02:05  20 october  2020
02:05  20 october  2020 Source:   goal.com

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“ In Italy , he has shifted the balance more than Ronaldo . “It is no coincidence that many young players have grown exponentially since his arrival. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £9.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more .

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has helped to take pressure off Milan’s young squad by drawing attention to himself. On Saturday, he led Milan to their first derby win in more than four years. Ibrahimovic had been forced to take time off again this autumn, spending his 39th birthday in self-isolation after testing

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had a greater impact on Italian football than Cristiano Ronaldo, according to former Milan and Juventus head coach Alberto Zaccheroni.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic wearing a football uniform: Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic © Getty Images Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The 39-year-old has made a considerable impact since rejoining Milan in January, scoring 11 goals in 20 appearances in the second half of the 2019-20 campaign.

He has been in equally impressive form this season despite missing almost a month after contracting COVID-19, taking his tally to four goals in just two games with a double against Inter at the weekend.

One of the best strikers of his generation, Ibrahimovic spent two years with Milan earlier in his distinguished career, a stint that included securing the Serie A title in 2011.

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Because actual best strikers of the era, not even including Messi or Cristiano, actually have lots of those and I can name several for each of Rooney RVP Aguero Lewandowski Ronaldo and Zlatan to score more goals than LA Galaxy this season? I genuinely didn't even know Ibra was back in Italy .

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Ronaldo, meanwhile, has been just as prolific since he joined Juve from Real Madrid in 2018, scoring 68 goals in 91 appearances across all competitions.

Zaccheroni, though, is in no doubt which player has had more influence on Serie A.

"I have coached great champions in my career, from [Oliver] Bierhoff to [George] Weah up to Adriano but the only regret I have is that I never trained Ibrahimovic," he told Il Giornale.

"He is eternal and I still don't understand why he never won the Ballon d'Or.

"In Italy, he has shifted the balance more than Ronaldo. It is no coincidence that many young players have grown exponentially since his arrival.

"He doesn't just score. He transmits confidence to all his team-mates, carrying the team on his shoulders in difficult moments."

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