Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the latest athlete to test positive for the coronavirus, the AC Milan forward announced Thursday.
The 38-year-old, in typical Zlatan fashion, said the virus “had the courage to challenge me. Bad idea.”
He said he had no symptoms and that he tested positive less than a day after testing negative.
I tested negative to Covid yesterday and positive today. No symptoms what so ever. Covid had the courage to challenge me. Bad idea— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) September 24, 2020
Memes were posted across social media Thursday, making light-hearted jokes about Ibrahimovic’s strength.
Former England striker Gary Lineker said jokingly that his thoughts were with the virus “at this difficult time.”
News that @Ibra_official has tested positive with Coronavirus. Thoughts are with the virus at this difficult time.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 24, 2020
Ibrahimovic began the new Serie A season in style on Monday by scoring twice in the 2-0 win over Bologna.
His remarkable form led the striker to give himself the nickname Benjamin Button after the main character in a 2008 Oscar-winning Hollywood movie about a man who ages in reverse.
Ibrahimovic has had successful stints with Barcelona, Juventus, Ajax and Inter Milan.
He will be 39 next month and is the highest-profile Serie A player to test positive since play resumed in June following a three-month stoppage.
- With Reuters