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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Isn't Worried About Ballon D'or, Obsessing over Champs League

HONG KONG - JULY 29:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Paris Saint-Germain acknowledges to the crowd during the friendly match between Kitchee and Paris Saint-Germain at Hong Kong Stadium on July 29, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong.  (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)
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Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterAugust 13, 2014

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has accomplished a great many things in a highly decorated career that's spanned Europe. 

Two things that have eluded the mercurial Swedish talent are the Ballon d'Or and the Champions League. 

In a long-ranging interview with ESPN FC, Ibrahimovic revealed that he thinks his current club, PSG, can win the Champions League but that he won't let the pursuit consume him. 

When asked if the Champions League was an obsession, he had this to say: 

No, it's not. Because if it becomes an obsession for you, it feels that you have not reached what you wanted in your career. 

Me, I have achieved what I wanted in my career, 100 percent. I have won 23 titles. I have given my best and done everything I could through my career to win as many trophies as possible. 

Of course, it would be nice to win the Champions League and I feel I can and will win it. But if my career finishes without it, I would still be happy and proud. 

He also insisted that he's not concerned about lifting the Ballon d'Or, despite at times boasting both the talents and the accolades to make a claim for it.

He said:

I think it's not only about who is the best. I think there is a lot of politics around it, the good boy-bad boy thing and all of that. For me, what's important is what I think and what people around me think. 

What the judges [of the Ballon d'Or] think is not important for me. 


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