Paris: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted that Lionel Messi is the best player in world football as he prepares to face his former Barcelona team-mate when Sweden take on Argentina on Wednesday.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward spent two seasons at Camp Nou playing alongside the Argentina captain, and he pointed out that the playmaker wins so many award because he is the finest player currently on show.
"Leo is a fantastic player. At an individual level he is probably the best player in the world, so he wins all the awards," he told reporters at a press conference.
And the 31-year-old, who will only play 45 minutes in the match in Solna, believes the friendly international is more important for the visitors as they look to find their best 11 ahead of the remainder of their World Cup qualifiers.
"Clearly it is more important for them than for us," he said.
"They have so many quality players fighting for a spot on the team."
He (Major Dhyan Chand) is inspiration personified. He became synonymous with hockey. He became the parameter of hockey by which other player's calibre is measured.
Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal