Ibrahimovic says will be hard to watch World Cup

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

After missing out on the World Cup, Zlatan Ibrahimovic doesn't consider the tournament to be destination television - at least for him.

The 32-year-old forward's Sweden was eliminated in qualifying last month by Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal, so Ibrahimovic will get some time off after Paris Saint-Germain's season.

''For sure I will see some games, but it's not like I will run home and sit in front of the television,'' he said Friday during a telephone conference call to promote PSG's exhibition against Real Madrid on Jan. 2 in Doha, Qatar.

Sweden was knocked out of qualifying on Nov. 19, losing 3-2 at home for a 4-2 aggregate defeat in the home-and-home playoff. Ibrahimovic said it would be a ''struggle to watch games'' during the tournament in Brazil.

''I'm suffering. It goes away, slowly, slowly,'' he said. ''Every game I am playing and trying to bring out this anger in a positive way.''

''I think that disappointment will come back in the World Cup,'' he added.

Repeatedly referring to himself as ''Zlatan'' in the third person, Ibrahimovic said media had portrayed him as ''arrogant'' and ''cocky'' with a big ego.''

''If you have a big ego, you don't win 20 trophies,'' said Ibrahimovic, who has won league titles with Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG. ''This is something media makes up and you have to live with.''

''I try to be myself,'' he said, going on to add that he can be testy during interviews. ''When you ask a stupid question, you get a stupid answer. That's the way it is.''