Paul Pogba, the Juventus midfielder, recently shared his thoughts on the leadership style of Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic during their time as teammates at Manchester United from 2016 to 2018. In an interview with aljazeera.com, Pogba described Ibrahimovic as a tough and demanding leader.
Pogba explained, “I saw different kinds of leaders, and I saw Zlatan (Ibrahimovic), he was a harsh leader. He wanted you to win, and he expressed it in a harsh way. Some people responded positively to his approach, while others did not. It had the power to either motivate you or bring you down. Dealing with Zlatan required mental strength, similar to the style of Michael Jordan.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a football icon, announced his retirement from professional football in June 2023 at the age of 41. Over the course of his illustrious career, he scored a remarkable 570 goals and achieved success with multiple clubs, including AC Milan, Inter Milan, Ajax, Malmo, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Manchester United, Juventus, and LA Galaxy. Ibrahimovic’s impressive trophy haul consisted of 34 titles, and he left an indelible mark on the sport by scoring goals in each of the last four decades.