Former teammate Adriano speaks out about playing with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

by Leo Nieboer

Former Inter Milan and Brazil striker Adriano has spoken out about playing with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, noting that the Swede was a true great of the modern game.

The Swede spent three seasons alongside Adriano at the San Siro and recently labelled the Brazilian as the best player he ever played with.

Adriano, who claimed 29 goals for Brazil in 50 appearances, retired last year, while Zlatan has recently signed a new one year deal at Manchester United for the 2017/18 season.

And the Brazilian, speaking earlier this week, was quick to thank Zlatan for his kind words, noting it was wonderful to play with him.

“I want to only say that Ibra is a great,” he said.

“It was wonderful to play with him. I want to take this occasion to thank him for his beautiful words that he has said about me. Zlatan is always in my prayers and I also want to thank everyone who follows me.”

Zlatan arrived at Inter when Adriano was inexorably facing a downward spiral. The death of his father a few years earlier, as Javier Zanetti – who was with the striker when he heard the news – has morosely noted, left him hollow and understandably never the same again, leading to a series of drinking and disciplinary issues.

But Ibrahimovic has a hawkish eye for raw talent: his statement that this season would belong to Henrikh Mkhitaryan is gaining more credence week by week, and he knew, deep down, that Adriano possessed a level of talent that even he could only gawp at.

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