Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been a little bit of everything on the pitch for PSG this season. The Swedish striker has now turned pitch man off the field for the Parisians as well.
Ibrahimovic is looking to add more star power to PSG in an effort to claim the elusive Champions League title before he hangs up his boots. Ibra apparently feels that PSG can accomplish this in the next few seasons. He has set his sights on the talented but temperamental Mario Balotelli, and the aging yet effective David Beckham.
Ibrahimovic was quoted by multiple outlets discussing both Balotelli and Beckham. Of Balotelli, Ibra had this to say (quotes are taken from report at TheSportReview.com):
“Mario has so much talent,”
“At his age he has the potential to be one of the best strikers in the world. I think he has matured and I know he would like to play with me again.”
The Swedish star had also made the following comments about David Beckham:
“I’m sure there will be many offers for him from clubs all over the world, but it is a very exciting project here in Paris and if he still wants more trophies then this is the right club for him to join,”
Despite some team struggles in Ligue 1, Ibrahimovic feels good about the PSG project, stating, “We can win the Champions League over the next two seasons with the team that is being built.”
Ibrahimovic has never been one to lack confidence, and it is apparent he feels with a few additions PSG can become European champions. If he is as effective as a salesman as he is in front of goal, then PSG will have no problem adding more high-caliber players.
While everyone knows Beckham is past his prime, his abilities still hold a great value to Ibrahimovic. Beckham is an unselfish player on the pitch. He can still deliver the ball where he wants from various points on the field.
Beckham's passing prowess will help remedy some of the lackluster service Ibrahimovic has been receiving at times this season. Basic translation is, Beckham can give Ibra better scoring opportunities.
Ibrahimovic sees Balotelli as the strike partner he needs to take defensive focus off of him—something Lavezzi, Pastore and others have struggled to do to this point. Having played together at Inter Milan, Ibrahimovic and Balotelli should take little time to get reacquainted on the pitch.
Whether Ibrahimovic's recruiting pitch works in bringing either Balotelli or Beckham to Paris is yet to be seen.
No matter what happens, PSG ownership has to be pleased with the way their star is going to bat for the club's direction. If it helps to land players like Balotelli and Beckham, then Ibrahimovic's assessment of their Champions League quest could come true.