Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has compared Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Michael Jordan.
Lingard played with Ibrahimovic for a season before the Swede was struck down with a knee injury.
And the big man left quite an impression on Lingard, who recently compared him to the American basketball legend.
He was also speaking about the recent documentary, The Last Dance, that looked into Jordan’s career and his successes with the Chicago Bulls in the NBA.
“I think it’s very inspiring and there’s a lot of different personalities in the team like [Dennis] Rodman, [Scottie] Pippen, Michael Jordan but they all come together on a day and to get the job done,” Lingard told BeIN Sports.
“It was really inspiring to see the work ethic from Jordan to make his teammates become the best and it paid off in the end. It was a really inspiring story.”
Asked if he knew such characters in football, Lingard said: “I have to say Zlatan. As soon as he came to Man Utd you could feel that aura around him. He had that winning mentality and that drove us, motivated us to win many trophies.
“Not many people have had that effect. He had that raw winning mentality; he’d played at big clubs before and had that winning mentality. He came to Man Utd and said he wanted to win trophies.
“At that time, I was a young player, Marcus Rashford was young. As soon as we won that first trophy it made us hungry for more, so I’d say he brought that winning factor and winning mentality to the team.”