When asked how his children felt about him playing international football again, Zlatan Ibrahimovic burst into tears at a press conference ahead of his Sweden comeback.
This week, the 39-year-old will appear for Sweden for the first time in five years, when the nation faces Kosovo and Georgia in two 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
When asked what his family felt of him rejoining the national team, Ibrahimovic burst into tears, revealing that his youngest son Vincent cried when he left to catch up with the squad.
‘Vincent cried when I left him. So it’s all right now,’ Zlatan said before breaking down.
Vincent is the younger of Ibrahimovic’s two sons with long-term wife Helena Seger.
In a press conference, the Swedish striker said, ‘I have two little children at home who kick the ball, my wife begs me to order them to stop, but I say no, we will get new stuff if they smash them.’
Ibrahimovic hasn’t featured for Sweden since the 2016 European Championships, but he’s aiming to add to his 62 goals in 116 appearances.
With the forward in the shape of his career for AC Milan, the 39-year-old is now extremely likely to lead his country in this summer’s European Championships, which are reportedly scheduled to take place around the UK.
Ibrahimovic returned to Milan in January 2020 after playing club football for Manchester United and LA Galaxy after retirement from Sweden service. He has 15 goals in 15 Serie A games this season.
The striker says he wants to be back in the Sweden squad because he believes he is “the best in the world,” and that his comeback is in the best interests of the national team, which is led by Janne Andersson.
‘We spoke for the first time, alone in a bed, and we talked about everything,’ Ibrahimovic said of his meeting with Anderson earlier this year to discuss a return to the national team.