Ibrahimovic famously rejected a trial at Arsenal back in 2000 because, in his own words, Zlatan “does not do auditions”, and his incredible levels of self-belief were evident once again as he discussed the Premier League.
The Swede, 32, was quoted in the Daily Mirror as saying: “England is a very strong league, with three or four of the best teams in Europe – but, if I had played there, I would have destroyed it, like I have everywhere else.
“Arsenal could have happened, as everybody knows – but I would not do a trial. Who do you think regrets that more, Arsene Wenger or Zlatan?”
Having elected not to take the trial, he signed for Ajax before playing for a host of top European clubs, including Juventus, Inter and AC Milan, Barcelona and PSG.
However, despite winning a league championship in Holland, Spain, Italy and France as well as a host of personal accolades, his credentials are, at times, not fully appreciated on British shores.
“I’m always amused when I am asked about not having tested myself in England," added the Swedish captain.
“The last time I faced England, which is supposed to be the best players in the Premier League, what happened?
For those unaware, Zlatan hit England for four back in November 2012 when Roy Hodgson’s men travelled to Stockholm's Friends Arena.
“Maybe people need to be reminded that it was the Zlatan show.”
- Sports & Recreation
- Premier League