Zlatan Ibrahimovic Predicts Who Will Be Star Performers At The World Cup

There were rumours that he might, but the ionic Zlatan Ibrahimović, in fact, won't be heading to Russia with Sweden for the World Cup.

But this hasn't stopped him from having his say on how things will turn out at this year's competition.

The 36-year-old has rallied behind former Manchester United teammate Paul Pogba, despite the towering midfielder being booed by his own supporters at a friendly match against Italy recently.

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba

"I think Pogba for sure, who everybody knows is fast and skillful,' Zlatan told FIFA<span class="NormalTextRun SCXW221398221" "=""> <span class="NormalTextRun SCXW221398221" "="">in a recent interview."

The veteran forward didn't stop there. France are the team to beat this year, according to Zlatan, as he also said that youngster Kylian Mbappe is one to watch at this summer's tournament.

Mbappe in training. Image: PA
Mbappe in training. Image: PA

"Mbappe, an upcoming star who still has more to give to get to the top, but he will for sure arrive there.

"There are so many players who are exciting at the moment that, for sure, some other star that nobody has been talking about will dominate."

Mbappe snubbed the chance to join Arsenal and Real Madrid last summer and made the move from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain on an initial loan before the deal runs into a permanent and will cost PSG around 180 million euros.

With that type of money, it's no wonder Zlatan has told spectators to pay close attention to the talented France international in Russia.

As for the LA Galaxy striker's national side Sweden, they have a tough group in Germany, Mexico and South Korea. Getting into the knockout stages of the World Cup will be no easy feat for the Scandinavians.

What do you reckon to Sweden's chances? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

Jacque Talbot

Jacque Talbot is a journalist and sports writer at SPORTbible. He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan with a BA in English and Film. He is a football, snooker, and basketball enthusiast and has been published in the Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Set Pieces, Planet Football and the Morning Star. He’s the greatest thing to come out of Essex since Nick Frost.

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