Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants place at World Cup ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo
Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits it is a shame that either he or Cristiano Ronaldo will miss the World Cup.
Last Updated: 15/11/13 10:13am
Sweden travel to Portugal on Friday for the first leg of their World Cup play-off, with one of the teams set to miss out on a trip to Brazil.
"I think that the World Cup needs Zlatan more than Ronaldo," said the Paris Saint Germain star.
"The excitement I can bring to the game and the goals I can score - nobody can rival me for that. I believe the fans would want to see me there above anybody.
"I respect him as a player - he is one of the best. The World Cup needs to have the best players.
"If Ronaldo, or Neymar, or Rooney, or Messi, or Xavi is missing then it is a shame for the competition. And it is a shame for the World Cup that one of myself or Ronaldo will not be in Brazil.
"I just need to make sure I do everything over the next two games to make sure that it is him who misses out and not myself."