35-year-old Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic stated that critics and ex-players, who said he will be a failure in Premier League, will remember his name.
Manchester United’s top scorer this season (Scored 18 goals in all competitions so far) mentioned that he came to Old Trafford and playing in one of the challenging competitions in the world to prove him once again.
He also said if he achieves big thing with Manchester United and bring them to the top, he will feel more than happy.
Ibrahimovic said to Thierry Henry: “I have no problem with the criticism because I went through this my whole career, this is something that triggers me, gives me energy.
“People talking about me, saying: ‘You’re dead, you’re this, that’, ex-players talking, and I don’t even remember them when they were playing. But one thing for sure is they will remember me for the rest of their lives.
“After many years of talks like: ‘He can never make it in the Premier League, he can never make it there’, I had my little adventure going around different countries, and when they felt it was most difficult for me, I chose to come.
“Let’s say a person in my position would take the easiest way, go abroad, make money in China, or the other side and settle down with the career he had, I choose not, I took the challenge, accepted the challenge, and that’s what I chose.
“That’s why I chose United also, in a situation where they struggled for the last four or five years, and if I can finish the task to bring them to the top, I will be more than happy.
“I don’t like the easy task, the easy job, the easy objectives, I always had it hard whenever I went. I needed to do much more than the other ones, and that’s how I see it here, at the age of 35, people said it would be impossible but I am doing what I am able to do.”
“I am working hard, I like the hard work, I am very happy that I am from the old generation, the hard-working generation.
“I believe the new generation, let’s say it’s a bit easier for them, because they get explored in the media in a different way, much bigger, much faster than when I popped up in the football world.
“I met team-mates, played with different teams, and they worked hard to get what they got and achieve.
“I don’t want to say it’s totally different, but I don’t see the same hard-working thing today when I see the new generation, because like you say, when I come I like to work hard, and when I work hard I am satisfied.
“I know I am doing something good, but for myself, not for somebody else to say: ‘Oh Ibra you are working hard’.”