πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ͺ Zlatan Ibrahimovic cries in press conference
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πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ͺ Zlatan Ibrahimovic cries in press conference

AC Milan’s larger-than-life striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic shed a tear while explaining his reasons for retiring from international football.

As reported here on Futaa, Ibrahimovic reversed his decision to quit international football after the Euros 2012.

The 39-year-old has since returned to the Sweden national team ahead of the Euros 2020 that is coming in June.

Asked at the press conference why he took the decision to call time on his international career, Zlatan gave an emotional response.

"That's not a good question you're asking," the player said as quoted by GiveMeSport.

"I had Vincent (one of his sons) here who really cried when I left him. But now it's okay,” he added.

The former Barcelona and Manchester United star concluded by looking ahead to his remaining ambitions in a blue jersey.

To play in the national team is the biggest thing you can do as a football player, and as I was following them (Sweden), inside me I was feeling I think I can help them, I think I can do something," he added.

"Obviously, it's not up to me, what a player wants and what a coach wants, it has to go together.

"I've got the opportunity now to play for my country and I do it with honour, but it's not only about that – it sounds like I'm only happy to be here, but I'm here to get results, to bring results for the coach and my teammates and the whole country.

"As much as I talk here, if I don't bring results, here it means nothing,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, Sweden host East European minnows Georgia in a World Cup Qualifier on Thursday.

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