Zlatan Ibrahimovic could play at the top of his game for another half-decade, claims agent Mino Raiola, who jokingly backed the Swede to probably still turn out as he reaches 50.
In October, the Milan striker turned 39 and could very well still be plying his trade after his 40th birthday on the biggest domestic and European stages if he wishes to.
For his club, the former Sweden international remains in excellent form and sits alongside Cristiano Ronaldo jointly atop the Serie A scoring chart this season with 10 goals to his credit.
Ibrahimovic – who during his previous tenure with the Rossoneri, captured a Serie A crown – returned the last term to San Siro and has since spearheaded their string of powerhouse performances.
He almost retired before a last-minute change of heart at the end of the 2019-20 season, and earlier this month stated that he intended to play until he could no longer play physically.
However, Agent Raiola suggests that the date when Ibrahimovic hangs up his boots may be farther away than many think, pointing to the energy and drive for the game of the talismanic forward.
“I’ve seen many players in my career who were tired at the same age as Zlatan,” he said at the Golden Boy Awards on Monday, where he was named best agent.
“I almost felt sorry that they were going to proceed. I never saw the tiredness in him. For me for five more years, he could easily play. I created him, he plays because I make him play. [He could even play] up to the age of 50!”
Raiola acknowledged that he feels that after a spell with Manchester United, he led Ibrahimovic in the wrong direction with a move to LA Galaxy, but added that such experience will serve him well when he retires.
“I regretted taking him to MLS, there was a waste of time,” he added.
“He can take an important role in the future – maybe he will become UEFA’s president to improve football. We have a beautiful relationship, but that’s the way it is for everyone, they are part of my family. With Zlatan we had unique adventures. It’s not as tough as he makes it look.”