DUBAI: Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes the celebrities are aligned for Lionel Messi to lastly seize that elusive World Cup trophy, the AC Milan ahead instructed reporters in Dubai on Monday (Dec 12).
Contesting a record-equalling fifth World Cup, Messi will likely be trying to attain the second ultimate of his profession within the competitors when Argentina tackle Croatia within the last-four stage on Tuesday.
The 35-year-old Messi could be very possible making his ultimate World Cup look and with the likes of Brazil, Portugal, Germany and Spain all knocked out in Qatar, the Argentines look primed to clinch soccer’s most prestigious title for the primary time since 1986.
Ibrahimovic, who continues to rehabilitate his knee while becoming a member of his AC Milan team-mates for a winter coaching camp in Dubai, heaped reward on the opposite three semi-finalists in Doha however assured he solely sees one group strolling away with the trophy.
“I feel it is already written who will win, and also you know who I imply. I feel Messi will raise the trophy, it is already written,” mentioned Ibrahimovic, who represented Sweden in two World Cups in 2002 and 2006.
Argentina and shock semi-finalists Morocco will attempt to stop France and Croatia from establishing a rematch of the title decider from Russia 2018, with the Atlas Lions taking up the reigning champions on Wednesday.
Ibrahimovic described France and Croatia as “sturdy nations” however believes a Messi triumph is inevitable.
Requested about Morocco, who turned the primary ever African or Arab group to make the ultimate 4 at a World Cup, Ibrahimovic mentioned: “I do not assume it is a shock as a result of I knew they have been good earlier than the World Cup. Then clearly within the World Cup the whole lot can occur.
“That they reached the semi-final, perhaps slightly stunned, however keep in mind it is a good group, nation. And these surprises I feel the individuals like; they take pleasure in as a result of they need these items to occur so that they get some type of additional adrenaline.”
The Moroccans punched their ticket to a historic semi-final by gorgeous Spain and Portugal back-to-back.
Scenes of a tearful Cristiano Ronaldo making his approach to the dressing room following Portugal’s elimination have been replayed on TV screens throughout the globe, marking a troublesome ending to the 37-year-old’s quest for World Cup glory.
Pressed to ship a message to Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic mentioned: “I feel it isn’t necessary what I can say. I imply everyone desires to win the World Cup; not everyone will get to win the World Cup.
“All people is attempting and in case you do not win it clearly you may get emotional, in case you win it, you get additionally emotional another way.”
Ibrahimovic added that the true story behind Ronaldo’s unceremonious exit from Manchester United won’t ever be revealed, making it robust for him to weigh in on the matter.
“His exiting United, I feel when issues occur, we are going to by no means know the true story. They are saying what they wish to say, he says what he must say to guard himself, then you might have the coach that claims these items to guard himself,” mentioned Ibrahimovic, who spent two seasons at Manchester United from 2016 to 2018.
“Then the membership says issues – not like me, I’ll let you know the way it actually occurred. However we’re all completely different. All people is cautious about their picture.
“For me the proper picture is being your self. The true story we is not going to know my pal.”