Watch Zlatan Ibrahimovic say Sweden have 'less pressure' at World Cup 2018 now he's retired

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Ibrahimovic last played for Sweden at Euro 2016.

Former Sweden hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic has stated, in characteristically bold fashion, that the nation’s hopes have increased at World Cup 2018 because of “less pressure” following his international retirement.

Former Ajax, Juventus and Manchester United icon Ibrahimovic, 36, did not take part in qualifying and in April definitively quelled talk of a recall in time for Russia.

“I think Sweden have less pressure when I am not there and because when I am there, they are supposed to win everything,” said Sweden’s record goal scorer.

Watch his full comments below.

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Legend: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Former Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants them to enjoy themselves at the World Cup, saying there should no be pressure when they compete in Russia.

Sweden have been grouped alongside world champions Germany, Mexico and South Korea and open their campaign against the latter on Monday.

Ibrahimovic, who now plays for LA Galaxy in the MLS, played 116 times for his country over 15 years also believes Germany will be tough to beat in Russia.

Watch the video below for his thoughts:

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