The admiration for Zlatan Ibrahimovic is great now that the 39-year-old AC Milan striker is back in top form immediately after his injury.

He led his team on Monday with two goals past Cagliari (0-2).

Ibrahimovic missed eight games due to an injury, made his comeback as a substitute on January 9 and played the entire game against Cagliari again.

The Swede has already scored twelve goals after eight Serie A games.

"He is a champion in everything he does. With his return we have more options tactically. I am very happy with that," said Milan coach Stefano Pioli.

"Zlatan continues to amaze, even though I know him well by now. We can expect the best from him, but today he did even more than that."

Ibrahimovic himself reacted as confident as ever after the match against Cagliari.

"I haven't played for almost two months and with one man less it wasn't easy for Milan," he said.

"So far we have been doing well, but now that we are halfway through the season, the most difficult races will follow. Do I believe in the championship? I believe in myself, in Zlatan."

Partly thanks to the input of Ibrahimovic, Milan is at the top in Italy after eighteen games.

The last of the eighteen league titles of 'I Rossoneri' dates from 2011.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has an expiring contract in Milan, but would like to stay.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has an expiring contract in Milan, but would like to stay.

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