Zlatan Ibrahimovic gloated that he has already won half of what some clubs have won in 10 years after delivering the EFL Cup for Manchester United.
Ibrahimovic scored twice – including the 87th-minute winner – to seal a 3-2 win for United over Southampton in a thrilling Wembley final on Sunday.
It marks the Swede’s first major trophy since joining United in July. He also won the Community Shield in August.
Whether Ibrahimovic was taking a swipe at any specific club is not clear, although his comments may not sit well with Arsenal fans, who went 10 years without a trophy to their name before back-to-back FA Cup wins in 2014 and 2015.
“Today [Sunday] is all about the win and getting the trophy, people remember who lifted the trophy and not the one who did a fantastic game,” Ibrahimovic said.
“We believe in something we are doing and we keep going, we keep training hard, we keep making sacrifices and we are winning.
“After seven months, I have two trophies with this club. There are other clubs, they didn’t win for 10 years. I mean, I won half of what they won in 10 years, so I am happy for that.”
Ibrahimovic has proven his critics wrong during his first season in the Premier League, taking his tally to 26 goals in 38 matches in all competitions.
“I’m an animal. I feel like a lion,” the 35-year-old told reporters after his latest efforts.
“I feel in shape. I train hard. I train really hard. I have an objective every season I go and do.
“To reach that objective I need to train hard. I need to suffer when I train. And that’s how I achieve my dreams.”
Asked where he kept his medals, Ibrahimovic – who has won titles in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France, joked he had a house just for his silverware.
“In the museum. I have a house only for medals,” Ibrahimovic said.