In today's edition of "pity the poor footballer," AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimović had some choice words to say about his future in football. Apparently turning 30 on Monday made the Swede consider his future, saying he's getting old. In a league in which the Capocannoniere, or top-scoring title, has been awarded to Antonio Di Natale, now 33, for the past two years, 30 doesn't really seem that old. Andrea Pirlo has revived Juventus at the age of 32, Francesco Totti commands respect at Roma at 35, and Javier Zanetti continues to regularly captain Inter Milan at the age of 38. But Ibrahimović is tired at 30?
If the Milan forward were simply a bit tired, it would be understandable -- it must be frustrating for him to find himself on the sideline with injury so often these days. But what should worry Massimo Allegri is the fact that Ibrahimović has admitted that he doesn't have the same "determination" as he did a few years ago. With that lack of grinta showing against Juventus at the weekend, there's little wonder that the rossoneri aren't sitting higher in the table, as injuries leave Allegri little choice but to play Ibra.
Normally, I'm of the opinion that footballers can be professionals, still playing well for their club even if their hearts aren't in it. But Ibrahimović is a different breed, rarely displaying that same professionalism. Even if he's not ready to retire just yet, if his mind is elsewhere, playing him might be more of a handicap than a help for Milan.