- Zlatan Ibrahimovic has insisted that no regulations or rule-makers will stop him from coming out of retirement to represent Sweden at the World Cup if he wishes to do so
- The striker seem to be in loggerheads with FIFA rules when he went into commercial partnership with betting platform Bethard
- But a defiant Ibrahimovic has said playing in the World Cup is not a question for FIFA but for himself
Former Manchester United striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has insisted that no regulations or rule-makers will stop him from coming out of retirement to represent Sweden at the World Cup if he wishes to do so.
The energetic frontman decided to go into international retirement at the end of Euro 2016.
However, he has hinted that he would be willing to return to the fold for one final outing for his country on the grandest of stages.
Though a commercial partnership with betting platform Bethard has threatened to scupper those plans – as a result of FIFA regulations relating to betting – but Ibrahimovic insists nothing will prevent him from being in Russia if he decides to take that path.
While speaking to Eurosport, Ibra said: “FIFA can’t stop me. If I want to be there, I’ll be there.
“Just as with the national team, if I want to play, I’ll play.
“This is not a question for FIFA, it’s a question for me and what I want.”
The veteran La Galaxy striker added: “The door is open, and not closed
“If everything feels as it should and I feel that I can do the things I am capable of and want to do, as I’ve always done them, then we can talk about it. But that’s not where we are at right now. We’re in a position where I’m just happy that I can play."
“Now I want to play football, so let’s play football. And when we play football we will see if we can play football in the World Cup.”
NAIJ.com previously reported that former Manchester United striker, Zlantan Ibrahimovic, might face a likely World Cup ban because of his links to a betting company.
The Swede striker who is currently in international retirement has hinted recently he would be open to the prospect of representing Sweden in Russia 2018.
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