In an interview with Swedish television station SVT, David Beckham paid tribute to the Swede's favourite son, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, calling the Paris Saint-Germain forward one of the three best players in the world.
"It was a real honour to play with Zlatan, even if it lasted only six months. It is in the top three best players in the world, it is no doubt."
The English midfielder spent the end of last season with the French giants after joining on the last day of the January transfer window. Although he only managed to make 10 appearances, playing for only 318 minutes as PSG won their first league title since 1994, the former Manchester United player was full of praise for the time he was able to spend playing and training with the Swedish forward.
"He is a player I have always admired and one of those with whom I have always wanted to play. Being in the same team as him was fantastic. He was a great teammate and one of the best players I've played with. He is also a great guy on a personal level."
Beckham has always carried the reputation as being one of the nicest guys in football and with the praise for PSG’s top striker will go a long way to distance the reputation that Zlatan has as being difficult. The 32-year-old has been in superb form this season, scoring 19 league goals in 24 appearances, adding seven Champions’ League goals as he looks to guide PSG all the way in Europe’s elite competition.
“He is a fantastic player. Being so good with his feet and his head at his size, it's amazing.”
In the recent Ballon d’Or vote that was won by Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic finished fourth in the voting, winning 5.29% of the first place votes. International coaches Marc Wilmots, Morten Olsen, Lars Lagerback, and Sinisa Mihajlovic all voted for the Swede as the best player in Europe, but Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery all finished ahead of him in the voting. Perhaps when Beckham finally sets up his MLS franchise in Miami he might give Zlatan a call to reunite the duo in the United States.