ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC"S "sky high" tweet about making a sensational return for Sweden at the World Cup may just have been a marketing ploy.The LA Galaxy striker, 36, yesterday sent fans into overdrive by appearing to signal his intention of being in Russia. Twitter Fans think Zlatan Ibrahimovic"s...
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC’S “sky high” tweet about making a sensational return for Sweden at the World Cup may just have been a marketing ploy.
The LA Galaxy striker, 36, yesterday sent fans into overdrive by appearing to signal his intention of being in Russia.
Ibra retired from international duty following his nation’s dismal showing at Euro 2016.
But now doubts are swirling about the likelihood of it actually happening after a second update from the former Manchester United frontman.
Ibrahimovic this morning tweeted a video for betting company Bethard in which he appears.
Sitting down reading a paper, Ibra is asked by a man getting a tattoo: “What are the odds of you playing in the World Cup?”
Zlatan replies: “Sky high.”
The man then asks: “Perfect. When are we going?”
Ibrahimovic says: “Are you thick or what? High odds mean no chance.”
The man replies: “I was talking about the likelihood.”
Ibra says: “High odds – not likely but lots of cash.”
Ibrahimovic yesterday tweeted: “The chance of me playing in the World Cup is skyhoga #FifaWorldCup2018.”
“Skyhoga” translates roughly as “sky high”.
Now fans are skeptical.
One wrote: “Zlatan’s tweet about the World Cup was a marketing ploy. Releases new video, the joke being that someone confuses high chances with high odds.”
Another said: “His career is all about marketing at the moment. Football is secondary.”
A fellow doubter posted in response to Ibrahimovic’s original tweet: “Part of me wants this to be true, but for some reason I have this feeling that it’s a bamboozle for some marketing thing.”
One said: “Honestly sick of his spiel.”
Ibrahimovic is his country’s all-time leading goalscorer with 62 goals in 116 appearances from 2001 to 2016.
He served as captain from 2010 until his retirement and his 40-yard bicycle kick against England won the 2013 Puskas Award.
Former Manchester United striker Ibrahimovic last represented his country at Euro 2016.
He played every minute of their three group matches but registered just one shot on target for the entire tournament as the side crashed out.
Ibra announced his international retirement on June 21 2016 but fans have clamoured for his return since Sweden qualified for Russia.