Zlatan Ibrahimovic got emotional during a media conference talking about his return to the Sweden National Team after a hiatus of almost 5year.
😥 Ibrahimovic was visibly emotional during today's press conference when asked what his children think of his return to playing for his country 🇸🇪❤️️🖤 pic.twitter.com/6F49kT0KeD— SempreMilan (@SempreMilanCom) March 22, 2021
Zlatan, who announced his retirement from international football in 2016, decided to return to the Sweden team and was recalled in the squad for World Cup qualifiers against Georgia on 25 March and Kosovo three days later, as well as a friendly against Estonia on 31 March.
Speaking at the press conference, a tearful Zlatan Ibrahimovic revealed that his son’s didn’t want him to leave home.
The former Manchester United forward revealed that he choked up when he asked his two sons — 14-year-old Maximilian and 12-year-old Vincent — about his decision to make a U-turn on his international retirement.
“I had Vincent [his son] here, who was actually crying when I left him. But it’s okay…,” he said, before breaking off in tears.
“This takes time away from my family and it’s not an easy thing. If you have two kids crying every time you leave them, it’s a bit hard. I’m human, even though I’m Superman. They are very proud,” Zlatan said in the media conference.
Ibrahimovic was visibly moved and was shedding a few tears after he recalled his son’s reaction to him leaving for international duty.
The former Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United star revealed in late 2020 that he was keen to end his international retirement.
The veteran striker feels he can still contribute to the Sweden team and said he is just a piece of the puzzle, among many pieces.
“I’m just a piece of the puzzle, among many pieces. I’m here to do better, if Janne thinks I can,” he added.
“If you ask me, I’m the best in the world, but that doesn’t help me much here. I’ve promised to decide on matches, so now it’s up to me!
“I’m just glad I’m here. I’m proud, I’m not demanding anything and I want nothing. I just want to contribute what I can. If Janne felt I cannot contribute or do what I have to do, then we wouldn’t be here.”