The veteran forward decided to pass on the responsibility after missing three consecutive chances from the spot.
After missing his third spot-kick of the season on Sunday, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taken himself off AC Milan penalty duty.
The veteran striker, however, redeemed himself by popping up in injury time for the Serie A leaders to secure a 2-2 draw with Hellas Verona.
The 66th-minute miss of the Swedish veteran did not defeat Milan, who rallied from an early two-goal deficit to steal a point, with Ibrahimovic rising to the top to nod home in the dying stages of the San Siro Serie A match.
Ibrahimovic has now failed to convert four of his last six penalties, admitting to the 39-year-old that he would give team-mate Franck Kessie the next spot-kick.
“Obviously, I am angry because today’s draw isn’t good enough,” Ibrahimovic told Sky Sport Italia.
We’ve had so many opportunities, I’ve missed a penalty, and I think I ‘m leaving Kessie with the next one! That would be better.
We’ve agreed on two goals, we’ve got two back, we’re going forward, and the important thing is not to lose our trust. We want to win every game, considering the way the table is now.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taken five penalties this season.
He's now missed three of them 🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/eNbUfNW8VQ
— Goal (@goal) November 8, 2020
Unbeaten Milan remains top of Serie A despite the result, heading into the international break with a two-point lead over Sassuolo’s surprise package.
Ibrahimovic admitted he was looking forward to the upcoming break to rejuvenate his body with their next league fixture coming on November 22 away at Napoli.
“There are a lot of games now and you’re not always 100 percent when you get tired,” he said.
“Fortunately, because I need rest, the break for international duty is here. I didn’t have the sharpness and usual determination I have in front of the goal. I just felt like there wasn’t anything.
We don’t just go out there and be able to play, we have to play for goals. I can’t, at least. It’s not my philosophy.
The hot start of the season in Milan was a surprise, with likely rivals Juventus, Napoli, and Inter all having uneven campaigns so far, and Ibrahimovic believes the top Italian flight is an even rivalry at present.
“Now I see more teams competing higher up the table, and in the past, it didn’t side like Atalanta,” Ibrahimovic said. I’ve played in many countries, and I can confirm that for strikers, Italy is the toughest.
There are many challenging teams at the top, some that have not yet reached their peak. It is a packed agenda, so eventually, the side in the best shape will win the Scudetto.