Zlatan Ibrahimovic: PSG can win UCL
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has told ESPN FC he believes Paris Saint-Germain can win the Champions League this season -- but insists winning the competition is not an "obsession" for him.
Despite playing for an array of European football's biggest clubs, Ibrahimovic has yet to claim the trophy and, at 32, time is running out.
Even so, he remains hopeful that PSG -- eliminated on away goals at the quarterfinal stage last season -- can be crowned continental champions this season.
"I think we can win it," he told ESPN FC's Julien Laurens in an exclusive interview. The striker was promoting the updated version of his book, "I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic."
"We have a good opportunity. This team is made to play in good tournaments. You need to work hard and to have a bit of luck with you. In the key moments, you need to have the small details on your side. I think we have that in our team now. We have more experience too, especially after last season. So we can do it."
Asked if winning the trophy had become an obsession, the former Juventus, Barcelona and AC Milan star said: "No, it's not. Because if it becomes an obsession for you, it feels that you have not reached what you wanted in your career.
"Me, I have achieved what I wanted in my career, 100 percent. I have won 23 titles. I have given my best and done everything I could through my career to win as many trophies as possible. Of course, it would be nice to win the Champions League and I feel I can and will win it. But if my career finishes without it, I would still be happy and proud."
The Sweden international also said he does not place great emphasis on winning the Ballon d'Or before he retires.
"I think it's not only about who is the best," he said. "I think there is a lot of politics around it, the good boy-bad boy thing and all of that. For me, what's important is what I think and what people around me think. What the judges [of the Ballon d'Or] think is not important for me."
He is confident that, even without those prizes, he will go down in history thanks to the many spectacular goals he has scored over the course of his career.
"I am sure people will remember those goals for a long time and that's what you want as a player," he said. "Not all the players will be like that. Everybody tries to score a great goal and I am lucky I have netted a few."
Ibrahimovic said he is unlikely to play for another elite club before he calls time on his career.
"I have a contract until 2016," he said when asked if he expected to finish his career at PSG. "I will be 34 next season and I don't see myself continuing to play at the top level after that. So probably the answer is yes."