‘If I was 20, I would have scored another two’: Zlatan Ibrahimovic compares himself to Benjamin Button after scoring twice but missing an open goal to claim a hat-trick in AC Milan’s Serie A victory over Bologna
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic would have become oldest player to score a Serie A hat-trick
- He blazed over with the goal gaping when he had chance to complete his treble
- The 38-year-old superstar believes he could have scored four if he were younger
Zlatan Ibrahimovic claimed he could have scored four goals if he were a younger man despite leading AC Milan to an opening day victory over Bologna in Serie A.
The 38-year-old scored twice but missed an open goal to claim a hat-trick to help his side ease to a 2-0 win at the San Siro.
After scoring a towering header from Theo Hernandez’s first-half cross before doubling his tally from the penalty spot after the break, he looked certain to complete a treble in the second half.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic claimed he would have scored four on Monday night if he were younger
But after taking the ball around goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski, he blazed over with the goal gaping.
It would have made him the oldest player to score a hat-trick in the history of Serie A, but Ibrahimovic brushed off any concerns afterwards.
‘I’m fine, I’m working, this is the second official match,’ Ibrahimovic told Sky Sport Italia after the game.
‘We won, I could have scored more goals. If I was 20, I would have scored another two. I’m like Benjamin Button, I was born old and I die young.’
He scored a towering header in the first half before despatching a penalty after the break
The 38-year-old missed an open goal to seal his hat-trick later in the second half of the game
‘We are not yet at 100 per cent, we still made some mistakes that we usually wouldn’t,’ he added.
‘Today it was important to win the first game and start well. Our goal is to do better than last year.
The Swedish superstar signed a contract extension until the end of the season last month and is confident Stefano Pioli’s side can build on their strong end to the previous campaign.
‘The young players are doing well; they work, they listen, they have discipline, they know that you have to suffer, work and be focused every day,’ he added.
‘This year we have to think one game at a time and do well, play confidently and play every game like a final. The goal is to stay high in the table.
‘I like to have responsibility. The biggest pressure comes from myself. I don’t want anyone to talk about my age, I want everyone to be judged on the same level – I don’t want any favours because I’m 38.’