Former Juventus, Inter and Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic feels the Premier League is overrated – “if I did what I did at 35 years old, imagine it if I was 25”.
The Swede spent much of his career in Serie A, but had a season-and-a-half at Manchester United before moving to LA Galaxy.
“I’d had a long career before I came – different kinds of countries, different kinds of clubs,” Ibrahimovic told FourFourTwo magazine.
“People said, ‘You don’t need to go to England, because if you fail in England, people will always say you weren’t good enough’. Everybody was against it. And guess what? That made me motivated. That gave me adrenaline.
“I liked the Premier League. I found it very motivating and very exciting. It gets a lot of attention, although I feel the quality is a little bit overrated – the individual quality, the technical part.
“But the rhythm is high. Even if you are the best, if you can’t handle the rhythm, the pace, then you will not succeed, because the pace is very high.
“I’m super proud and super happy that I went to United – it was the right club.
“We won, and I did what I did before I got injured. I had an excellent time – great memories. I’m attached to United forever. The supporters are amazing: wherever I went, I saw red shirts, which was fantastic. It’s a very important moment in my career.
“As I said when I was in England, you’re lucky I didn’t come 10 years ago, because if I did what I did at 35 years old, imagine it if I was 25. Then it would have been a different story.
“I came there and they said I came in a wheelchair. All the people that talked, in the whole Premier League, I put them in a wheelchair. That’s what I did.”