Dimitar Berbatov has told the Times that he really admires the longevity of Everton midfielder Gareth Barry’s career.
Barry has made over 600 Premier League appearances, and at the age of 35, the central midfielder still plays a key role at Goodison Park.
The England international has played 19 times for Everton so far this season, and still looks to be an important player for Ronald Koeman’s side.
And Berbatov said: “He [Ibrahimovic] has football intelligence and then of course you have Gareth Barry at Everton.
“I tend to watch the older players to see how they are playing and I admire both of them because, at this age, in football, it is very difficult to maintain a high level of performance and for both those players to do this is worthy of admiration.”
Barry has been stationed as a defensive midfielder for Everton this season, and his experience has been evident.
Although the Toffees have not pushed on as much as they had hoped under Ronald Koeman, Barry has still had an impressive season for a player of his age.
Berbatov, meanwhile, is currently a free agent after his contract at PAOK expired last summer.
Berbatov is eager to move back to England, after previously impressing at Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in his younger years.