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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is “immortal, like Cristiano Ronaldo” – according to their former manager, Carlo Ancelotti.
Ancelotti admits he thought Ibrahimovic’s career was coming to an end when he headed to MLS with LA Galaxy in 2018 but he has continued to shine since then, scoring 53 goals in 58 games in the U.S. and 20 in 29 since his return to Italy.
“When Ibra went to play in America I thought it was the final goodbye,” Ancelotti told Sport Mediaset.
“Instead, he scored in so many games. Now he’s back in Italy, I thought it was the end and, once again, he scores every Sunday. Ask him if I wanted him at Napoli.
“He is immortal, like Cristiano Ronaldo. Continuing to play is easy but they don’t just play, they always score and that's not easy.
“It never happened that I told Cristiano not to play because he is a better player than the others. You don’t have to be a scientist to understand it.”
Despite their good form, Ancelotti thinks there is still something missing from their squad compared to their title rivals.
“They have had great results but I think the Rossoneri are still missing something to be at the level of Juventus and Inter,” Ancelotti said.
“However, do not forget that this is a strange season everywhere in Europe, I’m seeing quite surprising results. Some league leaders would have been unpredictable at the beginning of the season. Anything can happen.”
Ancelotti also spoke about two more of his former players, Gennaro Gattuso and Andrea Pirlo, who are now forging managerial careers of their own with Napoli and Juve respectively.
“There is a beautiful environment at Napoli, like family. Naples is a beautiful city, with many contradictions. I had never lived in the South and it was an experience worth doing.
"Gattuso has personality, he made his experiences and I expected him to do a great job. Rino has the skills to do it.