The striker predicted the club would struggle following his departure, only for the Nerazzurri to win the treble the following season
Former Inter president Massimo Moratti has revealed Zlatan Ibrahimovic claimed the club would “win nothing without him” as he prepared to leave for Barcelona in 2009.
The 33-year-old spent three seasons with the Nerazzurri and finished his final campaign there as Serie A’s top goalscorer, before making his bold prediction upon departing.
However, Ibrahimovic was proven wrong as Jose Mourinho led the club to their first ever Champions League title and an historic treble success the following season.
Moratti has now revealed the final hours of the Sweden striker’s time with Inter, but admitted he is still a big admirer of his talents.
“He was getting on a plane to Barcelona after his last training session with the team. He said: ‘It’s been nice playing with you, but you won’t win anything without me’. But it didn’t turn out that way.
“He is an incredibly talented player and above all he wins you titles. With him, we won three straight league titles. I watched a re-run of the game against Parma in May 2008 and Ibrahimovic was fantastic.”
Unfortunately for Inter, success has deserted them ever since their famous trophy haul back in 2010, as they finished fifth last season, before sacking coach Walter Mazzarri in November.
Roberto Mancini was appointed his successor, taking charge of the club for a second time as they bid to revive their ailing fortunes under the Italian and new owner, Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir.