AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been making a name for himself away from the pitch in recent months and years, most notably appearing at Italy’s famous Sanremo festival. Now, Ibrahimovic has appeared to present a television programme in Italy – the satirical Striscia la Notizia.
Ibrahimovic joined the Canale 5 programme’s hosts, Roberto Lipari and Sergio Friscia, and was in his usual form, constantly attempting to crack jokes and with his usual confidence that bordered on cockiness. It should be noted that Canale 5 is controlled by Mediaset, whose CEO is Pier Silvio Berlusconi – son of Silvio Berlusconi.
“Excited? Me? No, but I understand that you are because Ibra is here,” Ibrahimovic said.
Ibrahimovic appears on Italian television
Ibrahimovic made his appearance on Striscia la Notizia to the sounds of Gala Rizzatto’s 1997 hit Freed From Desire, which is a familiar song to any AC Milan fan as the Stadio San Siro regulars sing ‘Pioli’s on fire’ to its tune in celebration of coach Stefano Pioli’s fine work since taking the job.
The song has been in popular use in football for years, peaking at the 2016 European Championship when Northern Ireland fans used it with strike Will Grigg’s name.
Ibrahimovic made jokes around Andrea Pirlo, Antonio Conte and Juventus.
There was also a joke made about him signing for Palermo as he signed a piece of paper and Lipari presented a pink and black scarf.
Words for Raiola
The AC Milan forward then turned his attention towards his recent second biography – Adrenaline: My Untold Stories – and the late Mino Raiola.
“My favourite chapter is the one about Raiola,” Ibrahimovic said. “Mino was important to me and I still miss him today.
“It’ll be like that all my life. Family is the most important thing, it protects you and it makes you become responsible.
“You become a man when you have children, because then there are lives that depend on you.”