Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 'COVID had the courage to challenge me -- bad idea'

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who now plays for AC Milan after spending two seasons at LA Galaxy, became the latest international star to test positive for COVID-19 when he was forced to miss a Europa League match against Norway's Bodo/Glimt.

The 38-year-old striker wrote on Twitter that he tested negative on Wednesday but positive on Thursday. "No symptoms whatsoever," he said. "Covid had the courage to challenge me. Bad idea."

Ibrahimovic was placed on quarantine in his home, and all other AC Milan players and staff tested negative.

He had played and scored both goals against Bologna on Monday in Milan's 2-0 win to open the 2020-21 Serie A season. Milan extended its unbeaten run to 16 games in all competitions with a 3-2 win over Bodo/Glimt on Thursday.

How long Ibrahimovic will be out is unknown. Milan plays at Crotone on Sunday in Serie A and Portugal's Rio Ave in the final round of the Europa League playoffs on Thursday.

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9 comments about "Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 'COVID had the courage to challenge me -- bad idea'".
  1. frank schoon, September 25, 2020 at 8:31 a.m.

    Zlatan, PLEAZE!!!!! come back to our league of mediocrity...we need someone with 'bite', 'character' and 'personality' , 'confidence' on the ball, and able to do 'deal' out there even if you're nearing the age of getting a walker.....

  2. Ric Fonseca replied, September 25, 2020 at 1:01 p.m.

    FS, surely you jest!!

  3. frank schoon replied, September 25, 2020 at 1:33 p.m.

    Ric, I'm not jesting, although it won't happen but we do need some players that are couple cuts above what we have out there now. I"m going through Zlatan withdrawl symptoms this year....

    Look at what he's doing at AC Milan at his age along with the better competition he's facing and he's still top dog....gotta respect that...

  4. R2 Dad replied, September 29, 2020 at 1:25 a.m.

    I like watching Ibra for all those reasons, but I do keep running into clips of him cheap-shotting the oposition over the years. Less so in MLS, but he didn't need the edge as much here anyway.

  5. frank schoon replied, October 2, 2020 at 9:21 a.m.

    R2, When you think of Zlatan in Europe or anywhere else, the first thing that comes to mind is he is quality of play, not cheap shot for that's not what he's known for... And as far as cheap shots go , he gets plenty of those but have you ever hear him complain of getting cheap shots. It's a man's game, don't cry. Cruyff likewise has given out some cheap shots and I can tell you he's had his share of receiving cheap shots. If you're a good player ,you will be at the end of the cheap shots.

  6. Ben Myers, September 25, 2020 at 4:06 p.m.

    Aha!  Someone else has also observed the stultifying mediocrity of paly in MLS this year.

  7. frank schoon replied, September 25, 2020 at 4:39 p.m.

    Ben , you know ,'the horse is out of the barn'. The US fan has actually seen and experienced a phenomenal soccer player ,even though he was up in age, it was like watching a Mazeratti operate  among a group 'yugos or Ford Pintos'. 

  8. Marty Apple, September 25, 2020 at 7:02 p.m.

    Ben you are correct, many of us are ashamed of the US...especially our low grade of futbol...
    You are correct Frank, Zlatan can still deal and would do so in MLS...We have had other solid European stars here 'dealing' and would love to welcome as many as want to play here...developmentally, there is some hope in how our youth clubs are becoming more professional, but we are a long way from the European 'Academy' way of creating players...very scientific over there and not so much here...trending, but way behind...

  9. frank schoon replied, September 26, 2020 at 9:13 a.m.

    Marty, although I hated seeing Zlatan go, he made the best move. Zlatan because of his age needed to have better 'quality' players surrounding him otherwise he would lose his edge. Cruyff had the same problem in his last year after winning the championship with Feyenoord for the next year he would have to work a lot harder considering the players he played with. If he were with Ajax that year he could have gone and played a couple more years.

    I can see Zlatan's frustration is his last season with Galaxy for the passes he received were not as good or accurate as if he played with a first rate European team. It cost him more energy to play with the Galaxy...

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