The stars are arranged for Lionel Messi to raise the World Cup: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic believe that the stars are arranged for Lionel Messi to finally claim that elusive World Cup trophy, the AC Milan forward told reporters in Dubai on Monday. Competing at a record-breaking fifth World Cup, Messi will look to reach the second final of his career in the tournament when Argentina meet Croatia in the final round of four on Tuesday. The 35-year-old Messi is highly likely to feature in the World Cup final and with the likes of Brazil, Portugal, Germany and Spain all being eliminated in Qatar, the Argentine looks set to win it for the first time. won football’s highest honor since 1986.

Ibrahimovic, who is continuing his knee rehabilitation while with his AC Milan teammates at winter training camp in Dubai, heaped praise on the other three teams reaching the semi-finals in Doha but assured that he only saw one team leave with the trophy.

“I think who will win is predetermined, and you know who I mean. I think Messi will lift the trophy, it’s predetermined,” said Ibrahimovic, who represented Sweden at two World Cups in 2002 and 2006, said.

Argentina and surprise semi-finalists Morocco will try to prevent France and Croatia from setting up a title-deciding rematch from Russia 2018, with the Atlas Lions hosting the defending champions on Wednesday.

Ibrahimovic described France and Croatia as “strong countries” but believes Messi’s victory is inevitable.

When asked about Morocco, which became the first African or Arab team to reach the quarter-finals at a World Cup, Ibrahimovic said: “I don’t think it’s a surprise because I know they play very well. before the World Cup. World Cup anything is possible.

“The fact that they’re in the semi-finals, it might be a bit of a surprise, but remember it’s a good team, a good country. And these surprises I think people like; they enjoy it because they want these things. happens so they have some extra advantage.” adrenaline.”


The Moroccans secured their ticket to the historic semi-finals by defeating Spain and Portugal.

Tearful scenes cristiano ronaldo The way into the dressing room after Portugal were eliminated has been replayed on TV screens around the globe, marking a difficult end to the 37-year-old’s quest for World Cup glory.

Taped to send a message to ronaldoIbrahimovic said: “I think what I can say doesn’t matter. I mean everyone wants to win the World Cup; not everyone wins the World Cup.

“Everybody is trying and if you don’t win it, obviously you will feel emotional. If you win it, you will also feel emotional in a different way.”

Ibrahimovic added that the real story behind Ronaldo’s unusual departure from Manchester United will never be revealed, making it difficult for him to weigh in on the matter.

“His departure from United, I think when it all happens, we’ll never know the truth. They said what they wanted to say, he said what he needed to say to protect himself, then There you have the coach saying these things to protect him,” said Ibrahimovic, who spent two seasons at Manchester United from 2016 to 2018.

“Then the club said things – unlike me, I’ll tell you how it really happened. But we’re all different. Everyone is careful about their image. surname.

“For me, the perfect image is being yourself. The truth is we won’t know, my friend.”

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from an aggregated feed.)

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