Changed 01 May 2020, 06:36 IST
Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has compared star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to tennis legend Roger Federer.
Ibrahimovic made an immediate impact after rejoining Milan in January before the Serie A season was postponed due to a coronavirus epidemic.
A title winner with Milan, Inter, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Ajax, Ibrahimovic scored four goals in the second leg of his second edition at the San Siro after coming from the LA Galaxy.
Amid doubts over Ibrahimovic’s future in Milan – where he only signed a preliminary contract until the end of the season – Piyali compared the 38-year-old to 20-time Grand Slam champion and comrade Federer because of the Covid-19 crisis.
“I talked to him, he’s doing well,” Piyali said during an Instagram live chat. “I think talent is an innate quality and it’s not hard for me to find it, but talent can be worked on and improved.
“I set the example of Roger Federer because he was born with that talent, but he worked tirelessly every day to become the best tennis player of all time.
“We also saw the loss of great natural talent, perhaps they were unwilling to accept the sacrifice and work hard. I coached Miroslav Klose, the striker who scored the most goals in the World Cup.
“Even Ibrahim told me his only purpose every day was to improve his acting and that’s it.”