AC Milan: Why Zlatan Ibrahimovic Must Stay at Milan to Win Scudetto

Mikhail TurnerContributor IIIMay 28, 2012

MILAN, ITALY - MAY 13:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic of AC Milan during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Novara Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 13, 2012 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Juventus took the Serie A title from AC Milan in very solid fashion with an undefeated season. That prompted this comment from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as reported on

"I'm not used to winning nothing - it's the first time it's happened to me," he said, perhaps forgetting some of his earlier years in the game, when he won nothing with Swedish side Malmo. "I'm disappointed. It's a failure."

Yahoo! Sports recently reported about Ibrahimovic's intent to stay at AC Milan next season, and that's certainly good news for the club. Ibrahimovic must stay at the club to win the Scudetto next season, as he really is the only chance they have at winning.

The big Swede is really Milan's only top-class striker, and that showed this season. Ibrahimovic had a league-leading 28 goals, and the next-closest scorer for the squad was midfielder Antonio Nocerino with 10 goals.

It's not only goals, though; Ibrahimovic also had six assists, making him third on the list in the club, with Antonio Cassano having 10 of his own and Robinho having nine. Still, those statistics make him involved in 34 of the club's 74 goals.

So, what about the other forwards?

Cassano had his health issues, but has failed to hit double-digits in the Serie A during the last few seasons and may not be able to do so next year.

The injury problems of Alexandre Pato are well-documented, and though the striker can be lethal when fit, there is always a question mark about whether or not he can last the season. There is also the fact that he has been linked to a move to PSG.

Robinho can be hit and miss, and club has already opted not to keep Maxi Lopez.

While the club has another world-class player with Thiago Silva in the defense, and you can consider Kevin-Prince Boateng the third-best player on the team, neither of them will able to help Ibrahimovic too much in the goals department.

Ibrahimovic needs some help, but he did show this season that he could drag the team to the title with his talents. After all, they were only four points short of an eventual title in the end.