46 Powerful Zlatan Ibrahimovic Quotes

One of the most outspoken football/soccer players of all time, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is never shy of words to utter. Many players and fans may sometimes consider him arrogant and rude, but true supporters and teammates of Zlatan’s game on and off the pitch consider him a witty, smart and self-worthy individual. For that exact reason, we thought it made sense to showcase his confidence and humor with a list of statements he has made. Through these 46 quotes, you will get a better idea of who the real Zlatan Ibrahimovic is, and what he represents.


1.) Limitless Possibilities:

“If you are different, or you have minimum possibilities, you can still succeed. I am living proof of that.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

2.) Optimistic Perspective: 

“I’m number one. I really feel that way. If you think you are the second it’s the end. The fact that I have never won the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player doesn’t mean that I cannot be number one.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

3.) Destiny:

“Anything that happens in your life was meant to happen. It is your destiny. I was destined to have the life I have now, and I can’t have any regrets.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

4.) Take Action:

“Whenever life’s at a standstill, I need some action.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

5.) A Zlatan Ibrahimovic Quote About Quality:

“Some things is made by destiny, yes, other things by hard work, but quality you don’t learn. Quality you are born with.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

6.) Have A Backbone:

“If you are too nice, you will just get eaten alive. The football world is not always a nice place.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

7.) Strive:

“I’m not someone who feels settled.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

8.) A Zlatan Ibrahimovic Quote About His Symbolic Tattoos:

“When I took my shirt off against Caen, everybody asked what these new tattoos were. I had 15 removable tattoos on my body; they are the names of real people who are suffering from hunger in the world.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic


“Every player needs a little time to adjust to new teammates and the mentality of the coach when you change clubs.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

10.) Vocalizing His Self-Worth:

“If I had an ego as big as the Eiffel Tower, would I have won this many collective trophies? I know people like to talk about it. And O.K., I am not going to answer every story. But maybe I will let my collective trophies speak for themselves. I don’t know many other footballers who have won as much. Do you?” Zlatan Ibrahimovic

11.) A Hopeful Mindset:

“Nothing is written in stone, as a career is an unpredictable journey.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

12.) A Humble Zlatan:

“You never forget where you come from.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic


“You don’t need a team leader, you need quality.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

14.) Taking Advantage Of Opportunities:  

“I like being the one who makes a difference. On the pitch, I always try to create a special situation.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

15.) An Underlying Message:

“Wherever I go people recognize me, call my name, cheer for me. But there are names no one cares to remember, that no one cheers for: the 805 million people suffering from hunger in the world today.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

16.) A Zlatan Ibrahimovic Quote About Muhammad Ali:

“I’m like Muhammed Ali. When he said he would knock someone out in the fourth round, he did it.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

17.) A Strong Inner Core:

“I don’t need the Ballon d’Or to know I’m the best. It matters more to some players.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

18.) Sacrifices:

“I had time with my mother, but I really lived with my father. One time he gave all his salary so I could travel to a training camp. He couldn’t pay the rent, but he did that.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

19.) An Analogy For His Game:

“When you buy me, you are buying a Ferrari. If you drive a Ferrari, you put premium petrol in the tank, you hit the motorway, and you step on the gas.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

20.) Non-Conformity:

“Some coaches prefer players who will just do whatever he tells them to. It’s like, if you’re at school with a load of 10-year-old boys and you tell them to jump, everyone will start to jump. But the intelligent boy will ask, ‘Why should I jump? Why?’ That can be difficult for a lot of coaches, and I understand that.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

21.) A Zlatan Ibrahimovic Quote About His Weakness:

“I think I am difficult to satisfy, because when I win something, I’m already thinking about the next step, and that is maybe a problem for me. I’m not enjoying the moment. I’m already on the mission to win the next trophy.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

22.) On Learning From The Legends:

“When I went to Juventus, I was young, but in training, I had legends like Fabio Cannavaro and Lilian Thuram marking me. I had to work hard to get my respect.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic

23.) Doesn’t Do Auditions:

Arsene Wenger asked me to have a trial with Arsenal when I was 17. I turned it down. Zlatan doesn’t do auditions.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic 

24.) Failure:

“I’m not used to winning nothing – it’s the first time it’s happened to me. I’m disappointed. It’s a failure.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

25.) Versatile:

“I can play in the 11 positions because a good player can play anywhere on the pitch.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic

26.) Accept Yourself:

“You were born as the one you are.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

27.) Acknowledging Lionel Messi:

“Messi does not need his right foot. He only uses the left and he’s still the best in the world. Imagine if he also used his right foot. Then we would have serious problems.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic

28.) Don’t Judge:

“Never judge a person if you don’t know him.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic 


“Do you know what I love about hunting? That I am no one in the woods, no one at all. I thought the animals might recognize me, but they didn’t. They did not even ask me for any autographs.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

30.) Criticism As Fuel:

“When people criticize me, instead of putting my head down, it gives me energy to do even more.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

31.) Learn From Mistakes:

“I did many stupid things. I made many mistakes, but I learnt from everything. I still make mistakes; I still learn from them. Nobody is perfect.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

32.) Being Hard On Himself:

“I still feel I need to do things 10 times better than other players. Just to be accepted and to improve myself.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

33.) Never Forget Where You Came From:

“You can take a kid out of Rosengård, but you can never take Rosengård out of that kid.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

34.) A Zlatan Ibrahimovic Quote About Aging:

“I think I’m like wine. The older I get, the better I get.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic


“One thing is for sure: a World Cup without me is nothing to watch.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

36.) On Not Seeking Approval:

“I do not need a trophy to tell myself that I am the best.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

37.) Being Unselfish:

“I always put myself second – I like to make others happy.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

38.) A Zlatan Ibrahimovic Quote About His Arrogance:

“I read all the time that people think I’m arrogant. They say I am cocky, a bad character. I had that from a young age. But when they meet me, they say, ‘That image doesn’t fit you.'” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

39.) His Motto:

“We usually say that you cannot become a legend before death. But I am a living legend.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

40.) Inner Confidence:

“I know I’m good enough. I don’t need to show it to you. Either you know who I am, or you don’t.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic


“I can’t help but laugh at how perfect I am.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

42.) Deliverance:

“When you have my confidence, I will do 200% for you.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic

43.) Bounce Back Ability:

“My confidence can come back very quickly.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic


“Who is most deserving of all of the money that I, Zlatan, am paid? The answer is Zlatan.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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