Stars are aligned for Lionel Messi to lift FIFA World Cup, says Zlatan Ibrahimovic | Football News


DUBAI: Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes the stars are aligned for Lionel Messi to finally win that elusive World Cup trophy, the AC Milan striker told reporters in Dubai on Monday.
Playing a record fifth World Cup, Messi will be looking to reach the second final of his career in the competition when Argentina will face Croatia in the final quarter-final on Tuesday.
Messi, 35, is most likely making his last World Cup appearance and with Brazil, Portugal, Germany and Spain all knocked out in Qatar, the Argentines look set to clinch football’s most prestigious title for the first time since 1986. .

Ibrahimovic, who continues to rehabilitate his knee while joining his AC Milan teammates for a winter training camp in Dubai, praised the other three semi-finalists in Doha but assured he only sees only one team to walk away with the trophy.
“I think it’s already written who’s going to win, and you know who I’m talking about. I think Messi will lift the trophy, it’s already written,” said Ibrahimovic, who represented Sweden at two European Cups. world in 2002 and 2006.
Argentina and surprise semi-finalists Morocco will try to prevent France and Croatia from setting up a rematch against the winners of the Russia 2018 title, with the Atlas Lions taking on the defending champions on Wednesday.
Ibrahimovic has described France and Croatia as “strong nations”, but believes a Messi triumph is inevitable.

Asked about Morocco becoming the first-ever African or Arab side to qualify for the last four of a World Cup, Ibrahimovic said: “I don’t think it’s a surprise because I knew they were good before the World Cup. So obviously in the World Cup, anything can happen.
“That they reached the semi-final, maybe a little surprised, but remember it’s a good team, a good nation. And those surprises, I think people like; they appreciate because they want these things to happen so they get a kind of adrenaline boost.”
The Moroccans clinched their ticket to a historic semi-final by overthrowing Spain and Portugal back to back.
Scenes of a tearful Cristiano Ronaldo heading into the dressing room after Portugal’s exit have been replayed on TV screens around the world, marking a rocky end to the 37-year-old’s quest for World Cup glory year.

Pressed to send a message to Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic said: “I think what I can say is not important. I mean everyone wants to win the World Cup; not everyone can win the World Cup. World Cup.
“Everyone tries and if you don’t win it you will obviously get emotional, if you win it you will also get emotional in a different way.”
Ibrahimovic added that the real story behind Ronaldo’s unceremonious exit from Manchester United will never be revealed, which makes it difficult for him to comment on the matter.

“His leaving United, I think when things happen we’ll never know the real story. They say what they want to say, he says what he has to say to protect himself, then you have the coach who says these things to protect himself,” said Ibrahimovic, who spent two seasons at Manchester United from 2016 to 2018.
“Then the club says things – not like me, I’ll tell you how it actually happened. But we’re all different. Everyone pays attention to their image.
“For me, the perfect image is to be yourself. The real story, we won’t know, my friend.”



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