Milan legend Paolo Maldini has dismissed suggestions Zlatan Ibrahimovic is bigger than the club.
Ibrahimovic has been a revelation since returning to Milan for a second spell in late December 2019, with the evergreen 39-year-old spearheading the club’s Scudetto charge this term.
The former Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain striker – out of contract at the end of this season – has scored 14 Serie A goals in 2020-21 to help Milan up to second position, six points adrift of city rivals Inter.
Maldini is now technical director at Milan and rates Ibrahimovic as a “huge resource”, but he believes the club sit well positioned to withstand the Swede’s departure if he does not extend his contract at San Siro.
“The truth is, the club is above any player because the players pass through, and the club remains,” Maldini told So Foot.
“There are players who leave a different mark than others, and Zlatan is one of them.