After testing positive for coronavirus, Ibrahimovic says ‘bad idea’ to challenge him

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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.”

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He said he had no symptoms and that he tested positive less than a day after testing negative.

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.”

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.

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- With Reuters

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