'You are not Zlatan, don't challenge the virus,' Ibrahimovic tells public

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FILE PHOTO: Europa League - Group H - AC Milan v Sparta Prague
FILE PHOTO: Europa League - Group H - AC Milan v Sparta Prague

MILAN (Reuters) - AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection, has joined an information campaign, telling the public in his irreverent style to respect social distancing and wear a mask.

"The virus challenged me and I won," he said. "But you are not Zlatan, don’t challenge the virus.

"Use your head, respect the rules: distance and mask, always. We’ll win!”

The video was posted on the website and social media accounts of the Lombardy region which has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Despite missing two games after testing positive, the 39-year-old Swede is Serie A's leading scorer with six goals.

(Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Toby Davis)