Zlatan Ibrahimović made a remarkable appearance at the Allianz Cloud, in the middle of Milan's semi-final Premier Padel P1. The football superstar instantly became the center of attention, happily taking autographs and selfies, especially with Alejandro Galan, who had just won his match last Saturday.
Le padel, “my element”
“Here, I am in my element. THE padel is a passion for me, a sport that I particularly like,” declared Zlatan, greeted by ovations and chants from the fans. “I've been playing for eight years and I even opened dedicated sports centers to share this passion. THE padel is accessible to everyone, and that’s what makes it so charming,” he explains.
Ibra highlights the playful aspect and rapid growth of padel : “It’s not a sport where you have to be a pro to have fun. Unlike tennis, which is more demanding, padel is pleasant even for novices.“ Like him, many footballers indulge in padel, often brilliantly.
I aim for the physical
Asked about the potential advantage of top footballers in padel, Ibra responds with humor: “I manage the ball well against the glass, but I still lack a little technique. I focus on physicality, while striving to progress.“
His visit continued with a walk in the field, accompanied by Luigi Carraro, president of the International Federation of Padel, and photos with Nasser Al Khelaifi, its former president at PSG and President of the circuit Premier Padel.
Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Club des Pyramides in 2009 in the Paris region. Since padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France going to cover the major events of padel French.