Ibrahimovic: ‘I am like Benjamin Button, I’ve always been young’

Zlatan Ibrahimovic wrote a little piece of history on Thursday as the forward scored his 50th and 51st goal for AC Milan as the Rossoneri beat Sampdoria 4-1. With his two goals the Swede became the first ever player to have scored at least 50 goals for both Milan and city rivals Internazionale.

After the 38-year-old claimed on social media that he was ‘just warming up’, he added a performances to those words by helping Milan coast past Sampdoria. After the game he explained his continued brilliance: “I’m like Benjamin Button,” he told Milan TV, before adding: “I’ve always been young, never old.”

With Zlatan in the team, Milan have extended their unbeaten run to twelve matches as the team climbed into sixth place on the Serie A table. The club’s performances have earned coach Stefano Pioli a new deal after it was first thought that the Italian would be replaced by Ralf Rangnick next season.

Ibrahimovic is happy that Pioli has signed a new two-year contract with the club. “I can say only positive things,” Ibrahimovic said. “I’m happy for him because he did a great job. He worked under pressure without knowing the future. He did a great job and the renewal is deserved. When you work hard, you always get something back.”