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Van Basten sees himself in Ibrahimovic


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By Varun Mathure

Wednesday 15 December 2010


Dutch legend Marco Van Basten has admitted that he is reminded of himself from time to time when watching AC Milan's leading goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic.


Van Basten who played for the Rossoneri and won two European Cups and three Serie A titles praised the Swedish forward in an interview with La Gazzetta Dello Sport.


"Every now and again I see myself again in Ibrahimovic above all in terms of physique. Ibrahimovic has formidable power, but also good technique. But I think that comparing two players from different time periods is difficult and rather useless.”


The Dutch maestro however, hasn't been too pleased with Milan's performances this term who he feels have become over-reliant on Ibrahimovic. Van Basten was a part of the Rossoneri's Golden Age while playing alongside the likes of Frank Rijkaard, Ruud Gullit.


"Comparisons right now seem a little out of place. Milan are doing great things, but it doesn't seem to me that they are playing great football. For the moment it seems that they are worrying above all about winning games and it's right this way. Then once the results are consolidated, they will think about playing better."


Like Van Basten, Ibrahimovic has also developed a reputation for scoring some truly outrageous goals and in his brief time at Milan he has already found the back of the net 13 times in 21 appearances. His goal against Fiorentina was particularly reminiscent of Van Basten in his heyday.


"He is a good player but he goes about his life and I go about mine. He is an important player for Milan and I hope for him and for the club that it all goes in the best way possible and they have a lot of success", were the Dutch star's final words.




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