The 38-year-old has helped to drag Milan up the table after their early disappointments this season to now being one of Serie A’s most in-form sides.
“He’s a champion,” Costacurta said of Ibrahimovic to Sky Sport Italia.
“He has a great ability to talk to his teammates, get them scoring goals and to hold onto the ball.
“It’s clear that he needs someone to help him catch a breath. I’d like someone with his characteristics, but it’s not easy.”