Zlatan Ibrahimovic claimed to be “like Benjamin Button” after making history with two goals in Sampdoria as the veteran shows no signs of slowing down.
Ibrahimovic returned to Milan in January and has been as influential as ever in his promotion to the table.
In a 4-1 win at Samp, the former Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Manchester United striker grabbed two goals, bringing his score to 10 in 2020, and one assist as Milan managed 12 unbeaten matches in all competitions. .
In doing so, Ibrahimovic became the first player to score 50 goals for both Inter Milan and the city’s rival in Serie A.
The 38-year-old man claimed on social media last week that he was “warming up” and repeated the statement after the game in Genoa.
Ibrahimovic then explained his continued brilliance by suggesting a resemblance to the fictional character aging backwards.
“I am like Benjamin Button,” he told Milan TV, before adding: “I have always been young, never old.”
The Ibrahimovic and Milan form has seen head coach Stefano Pioli deliver a contract extension at San Siro.
Rossoneri seemed ready to name Ralf Rangnick, but Ibrahimovic is delighted that Pioli is staying, even if his own future remains in the air.
“I can only say positive things,” said Ibrahimovic. “I am happy for him because he did a great job.
“He worked under pressure without knowing the future. He did a great job and the renovation is deserved. When you work hard, you always get something back.
“I am happy for him. He deserved it, it was not an easy situation. The team believes in him a lot and I respect him.”