Tuesday December 23rd, 2014

Swedish paper Dagens Nyheter recently released a list ranking the greatest 150 sportspeople in the nation's history, and Paris Saint Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic came in second, behind only 11-time tennis major champion Björn Borg.

Most people would be honored to be rated so highly, but most people are not Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who told the paper he was insulted by the ranking.

Dagens Nyhether: Congratulations, you have finished second on the list of Swedish sports people of all time, how do you feel about that?

Zlatan: Thank you but to finish second is like finishing last.

DN: You have previously mentioned Muhammad Ali, Petter Northug and Ronaldo as sports people you rank highly. Who would have finished on the podium if you had ranked the best Swedish sports people of all time?

Zlatan: On that list I would have been No 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, with due respect to the others

The soccer star goes on to call Borg "a cool person and a living legend," according to The Guardian's translation of the interview.

Brendan Maloy

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