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'To finish 2nd is like finishing last' - Zlatan unimpressed by newspaper's tribute

The outspoken striker was not pleased following the publication of a list ranking the country’s greatest sports people.

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC HAS reacted bitterly to being placed second in the rankings of Sweden’s all-time sports people by a national newspaper, suggesting that he was clearly the best.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker has won the Guldbollen, an annual award given to the best Swedish footballer of each year, a record nine times and racked up over a century of caps for the national side.

However, after being declared as runner-up behind five-times Wimbledon winner Bjorn Borg by the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter in a list of the top 150 Swedes, he responded in typically candid fashion.

“Thank you (for the congratulations), but to finish second is like finishing last,” Ibrahimovic said in an interview with the publishers of the rankings.

“On that list I would have been number 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, with due respect to the others.”

Despite those comments, the 33-year-old still reserved praise for Tennis star Borg.

“He is a cool person and a living legend,” he added.

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