Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims to have not been regularly considered for the Ballon d’Or because he does not fit the “Mr Perfect” mould that France Football have been looking for in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo and Messi have shared 12 Ballon d’Or awards between them, while Ibrahimovic’s best finish was a fourth-placed ranking in 2013.
Ibrahimovic boasts an incredible career with over 500 club goals and he’s still at it with AC Milan even at the age of 40.
Explaining why he has never been a serious contender for the Ballon d’Or award, Ibrahimovic told Bild: “These are political awards. They want ‘Mr Perfect’.
“These prizes are political. They want Mr. Perfect. If you talk and say what you want, you don’t get these kinds of prizes.
It’s easy to give them to someone who is Mr. Nice Guy. Nothing changes for me. It doesn’t makes me better or worse.” He said to Bild.
The Swede has claimed major honours in Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France and England.
Ibrahimovic who won the 2015/2016 highest goal scorer in France vowed not to leave AC Milan until he helps the club win a trophy.
“My future is football, my world is football,” the 40-year-old Swedish star said.
“I am disappointed that I am not able to play at the moment, this really pains me, especially when the team is doing well. I want to be there and help the team, we’ve done great things since I arrived and now we are only missing one element: a trophy.
“We are fighting to achieve this, I won’t quit until I have won something with this Milan side.” He said to Goal.