Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 'A World Cup without me is not worth watching', says Sweden striker after Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick puts Portugal through to World Cup
Sweden lost out in the play-off to Portugal on Tuesday night
Wednesday 20 November 2013
After the 3-2 defeat in the second leg play-off against Portugal meant that Sweden will not be going to the World Cup, Zlatan Ibrahimovic says the tournament will not be worth watching now he isn’t involved.
The 32-year-old scored twice in Stockholm, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s sublime hat-trick put Portugal through at the Swedes' expense.
“It was probably the last attempt to reach the World Cup with the national team for me,” the Paris Saint Germain striker said. “One thing is for sure, a World Cup without me is nothing to watch so it is not worthwhile to wait for the World Cup.
“Congratulations to Portugal but both teams deserved to get to the World Cup.
"The disappointment of course is great now that the World Cup in Brazil will remain a dream for the Swedish national team.”
Latest in Sport
Think before you ink: Manchester United fan gets Sir Alex Ferguson tattoo - and will regret it for the rest of his life
Mario Balotelli: Staff at arson-hit Manchester Dogs' Home convinced Liverpool striker is behind five-figure donation
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Paul Scholes column: Arsenal's Mesut Ozil is too good for Arsene Wenger to waste on the left wing
VIDEO: Brazil striker Joel falls into giant hole behind advertising board when celebrating
- 1 Mario Balotelli: Staff at arson-hit Manchester Dogs' Home convinced Liverpool striker is behind five-figure donation
- 2 There is literally not a single woman in this iPhone 6 queue
- 3 Scottish independence: Tory revolt against 'devo max' grows as Rail Minister Claire Perry joins
- 4 Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
- 5 Scottish independence referendum: JK Rowling, Russell Brand, Nigel Farage and more react to the 'No' vote