New Milan star’s giant tribute to Zlatan – reveals the Swede’s greatness off the pitch: “An example”

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With the help of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he has developed into a star player.
Now Rafael Leão is showering praise on his Swedish role model in Milan.
– We talk as often as possible, not only as professionals or teammates, but also as people, says the 23-year-old to Corriere dello Sport.

Only 20 years old moved Rafael Leão to the big club AC Milan as a highly exciting attacking talent. At the time, Milan was a divided team, groping for its identity and underperforming on the football field.

Zlatan back

The Portuguese giant had a hard time finding his place in the team but that would soon change. Because after six months, the big attacking star arrived Zlatan Ibrahimovic and made a welcome comeback in Milan January 2020.

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210509 Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Milan during the Serie A match between Juventus and Milan on May 9, 2021 in Turin. Photo: Nicolo’ Campo / BILDBYRÅN

“Ibra” stepped in as the great leader of the team and also took young Leão under his wing right from the start. Something very special happened with Milan, who suddenly began to line up victory after victory in the spring of 2020.

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Tributes to “Ibra”

With Zlatan in the team, the whole club was brought back to life and during the last season, the red and black returned to the old days again. Milan went all the way and won the entire Serie A this spring, despite Ibrahimovic being injured for much of the season.

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200106 Rafael Leao and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Milan look dejected after the Serie A match between Milan and Sampdoria on January 6, 2020 in Milan. Photo: Petter Arvidson / BILDBYRÅN / code PA / 92428

New attacking star Rafael Leão was one of the reasons for the league title feat and he has now transformed from promising talent to regular in the starting line-up as a winger. Last season there were 11 goals in Serie A and this season promises more after 3 goals in the first 6 games.


The 23-year-old is valued at around one billion kroner and now he thanks Zlatan for his big breakthrough.
– After an adjustment period, I became a different person, a different player. During that period, my family, coach (Stefano) Pioli and “Ibra”, with whom I am in contact every day, became decisive, he says in an interview with Corriere dello Sport, according to the Football Channel.

The Italian newspaper places great importance on Zlatan’s valuable mentorship and how much he helped Leão as a youngster to develop into the star player he is today.
– Zlatan is an example. He taught me the importance of always asking questions, of always being focused, even off the pitch. We talk as often as possible, not only as professionals or teammates, but also as people, says the 23-year-old in the interview.

In total, there have been 30 goals and 27 assists in 123 games for Rafael Leão in the Milan shirt. While Zlatan Ibrahimovic can boast 33 goals and 10 assists in 60 games since his comeback to Milan.

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