Zlatan Ibrahimovic has labelled Diego Maradona as the greatest ever player while selecting his all-time XI, also hinting that he may become a coach in the future.
Ibrahimovic’s dream team was full of former teammates while several players – including Maradona – got the nod despite never sharing the field with the Swede.
“I choose eleven for their strength or for affection. Those who gave me something,” he told Sportkeek (via Football Italia).
“[Gianluigi] Buffon is the goalkeeper, I played with him at Juventus. That was a special team. I have great memories. I was young and everyone treated me like I am treating young players at Milan now. They had so much to teach me.
“Maxwell is the left-back, he is a friend of mine. Then [Alessandro] Nesta and [Fabio] Cannavaro in central defence. Fabio was crazy, he used to take me around Naples with his scooter. I was young, I didn’t have experience. Him and [Lilian] Thuram had too much. I’d like to play with them now.
“Maicon is the right-back, when he arrived at Inter he wasn’t consider as strong as he proved to be.
“Then [Pavel] Nedved, the number one. He is the one who improved me more than anyone else. When I saw him I understood that what I was doing was not enough. He was always training, he was a machine.
“I pick up [Patrick] Vieira and Xavi in the middle of the park. Two champions.”
“Attack is easy: [Zinedine] Zidane attacking midfielder, Ronaldo the phenomenon and Diego Maradona up front,” he said.