Zlatan: No WC will cost me Ballon d’Or


The PSG frontman was shortlisted earlier this week as one of 23 nominees for the 2014 World Player of the Year, having scored 41 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions last season.

"I think I have just played the best season of my career," Ibrahimovic told PSG TV. "That's one of my objectives: to be better each year and always improve.”

However, despite his French League and Cup success at club level, the 33-year-old did not enjoy the same success with his country as Sweden failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup in Brazil after losing out to Portugal in a play-off.

And Ibrahimovic believes this will hamper his chances of receiving the 2014 Ballon d’Or.

"I've been nominated, but it will be difficult because I didn't play in the World Cup,” he said.

“A lot of fantastic players shone at the World Cup, so they'll have a certain advantage but, as long as I do what I can do, that I achieve results and I play at a high level, I can aim to win this award.

"That's what I try to do anyway day after day, by working again and again."

Ibrahimovic will be hoping to return to action for PSG against Lorient this weekend, after being side-lined through injury since September.

PSG currently lie second in the Ligue 1 standings, four points adrift of leaders Olympique Marseille.