The King has not always been surrounded by Lords

Sometimes the very best players are surrounded by equally talented teammates, and together they are able to embark upon a domination of the footballing world. Look at Real Madrid of last season or the Barcelona sides of the last decade.

However, there are circumstances in which a mercurial talent is not blessed with teammates on the same skill level. This has happened on one too many occasions for one of the games greatest sons, but who ranks among the worst of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s cohorts?

Ibrahimovic’s incredible ability has, at times, been a direct antithesis of his teammates. Of course, he has played with Lionel Messi, but Ibra has been bogged down by some truly awful talent throughout his career.

This is most relevant when taking into account his time with the Swedish national team. Zlatan has not ever been able to hit the heights his own talent promised internationally because, unfortunately, he was not surrounded by players of a similar ilk.

For the Swede, while he has been surrounded by some incompetence throughout his club career, only his international exploits with regard to trophies has really suffered.

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