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Zlatan Ibrahimovic to receive statue of his own

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to receive statue of his own

Manchester United ace Zlatan Ibrahimovic is to have a statue struck in Stockholm.

Star summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic now admits that he left a stronger side to join the Red Devils.

At 35, Ibrahimovic, who played with Beckham for a short spell at Paris Saint-Germain, leads United with six goals in 11 Premier League matches this season.

The striker told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet in an answer to a question about persistent rumours that he would end his career playing in the United States: "It's a huge option for me".

"For the football and everything else. I can see myself conquering the U.S. as I have with Europe", he told daily newspaper Aftonbladet. "So perhaps I should do what Napoleon did not and cross the Atlantic and conquer the States as well".

He has scored 62 goals in 116 games for his country and has won the domestic league title in four different countries.

In honour of the country's most prolific goal-scorer, the Swedish football association announced that a statue of Ibrahimovic would be erected at the Friends arena in Stockholm within one year.

"He's still one of the greatest players that has ever played the game-one of the reasons why I'm happy he is now playing at Manchester United, my team".

Ibrahimovic said: "After all the hard work for 15 years in the national team, and 20 in my club career, it feels like it is appreciated".

" It was about the challenge really, and I will never say no to a challenge".

Noting that United coach Jose Mourinho was one of the reasons he chose to join the Premier League team, Ibrahimovic said: "I checked the team (United) a little bit before I came and it wasn't like the team I came from".

Having retired from global football after Euro 2016, the 35-year-old joined Manchester United on a one-year deal.

"You usually get this after you die, but I still feel alive".