The former Sweden international feels there is no player in the modern game quite like ‘El Fenomeno’ and chose the 1998 World Cup final as his favourite match
Brazil international Ronaldo shone for Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter as well as becoming – at the time – the top scorer in World Cup history with 15 goals.
And Ibrahimovic – whose own illustrious club career has seen him represent Barca, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain before moving to Old Trafford – feels there is no player in the modern game quite like ‘El Fenomeno‘.
“I think Ronaldo was phenomenal,” he told United Review, the club’s official matchday programme. “He was the player that whatever he did it became wow!
“He could do a difficult thing and it became magic. He would take the ball and it was like him saying ‘I’ll take care of it now’. You didn’t have that kind of football player before and you don’t have it today. He doesn’t exist.
“As a young player I watched him and said to myself ‘I want to be exactly like that’… the player who makes the difference, the shining light, simple as that.”
“I don’t watch a lot of football because I’m playing football, I’m talking football… I see football every day. You need to keep a little bit of distance.
“It’s all about the balance but if I can choose one maybe the World Cup when France won against Brazil because Ronaldo was playing obviously so you want to watch and Zidane was playing so you want to watch.