Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a Swedish player who plays for Serie A club AC Milan in the striker position. He is famous for his acrobatic finishes, powerful volleys, long-range shots, and powerful finishes. He is one of the greatest strikers of all time. Also, Zlatan is one of the players who has scored more than 57 goals. In his career, he has won a total of 34 trophies so far.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Basic Information
Before going further on Ibrahimovic’s journey, let’s know the basic information.
|Full Name||Zlatan Ibrahimovic|
|Date Of Birth||3 October 1981|
|Height||6 feet 5 inches (1.95m)|
|Current Team||AC Milan|
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Professional Information
Zlatan has played in many different clubs. He started his professional journey at Malmo FF, a Swedish club that is the most successful Swedish club ever. Zlatan has played in several countries, such as the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France, England, United States. Right now, he is playing for AC Milan after 10 years. He is already 41 years old, but there is no way he is stopping right now. Let’s see for how many years he can still keep his performance.
|Malbo FF (Youth)||1995||1999||–||–|
|AC Milan (Loan)||2010||2011||29||14|
|Paris Saint Germain||2012||2016||122||113|
This is how Ibrahimovic’s international career has been going all over the years.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: The Lion Of Football
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has won FIFA Puskas Award for his bi-cycle kick from 35 yards, the match was against England. He was in the FIFA FIFPro World XI in 2013, and for four times, he has been in the UEFA Team of the Year. When it comes to individual performance, Zlatan has never disappointed anyone. Though his consistency and changes in so many clubs, he is yet to win the Champions League for once.
Zlatan’s life story started with a bad phase when his parents separated, his father was an alcoholic, his sister used to be a drug addict, and his mother went to jail a couple of times. He used to be hungry, so shoplifting and bike stealing was something very normal in Zlatan’s story. But, he came very hard in the world of football, and all these are the reason for his tough attitude.
Zlatan started his professional career with Malmo in 1999. At that time, Arsenal was interested in signing him, but Ajax made the deal before them. And it was official that Zlatan would join Ajax in the next season.
In the beginning days of Ajax, Zlatan used to get less time. But with the new coach, Ronald Koeman gave him enough time to show what he could do. Zlatan’s Ajax journey was well enough, and they reached the Champions League quarter-finals.
In 2004, Juventus signed Ibrahimovic. But he had to face some issues because of their main striker. In that year, Juventus finished at the top of Serie A. Zlatan again reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League and lost to Liverpool. In the second season, Juventus were relegated because of some controversies.
After Zlatan extricated his contract with Juventus, he made a move to Inter Milan in 2006 with a four years contract. In his first season, he scored 15 goals for the club, and he was the club’s top scorer. In the second season, he scored 17 goals and was given the Serie A Footballer of the Year. Zlatan ended his Inter journey with 25 goals and he again received the Footballer of the Year.
In 2009, Inter signed Barcelona’s Eto’o, and Barcelona signed Inter’s Ibrahimovic. He ended his first year scoring 11 goals and 4 assists, and Barcelona was able to win to 2009 FIFA Club World Cup. After Inter, Ibrahimovic and Guardiola defeated Barcelona and were involved in a fight that made Zlatan move to AC Milan.
During his loan spell at Milan, the team was happy with Ibrahimovic’s performance. He completed his spell with 13 goals and 8 assists. In 2011 the transfer was made by Milan, and Ibra became a permanent player. In that year, he scored 28 goals in a total of 32 appearances.
Paris Saint Germain
In 2012, PSG confirmed Ibrahimovic’s transfer, and he became the second best-paid footballer of all time. In his first season, he finished with 30 goals and became the year’s top scorer. In the second season, he was able to score 41 goals in all competitions. Before Cavani, he was the all-time top scorer of PSG.
In 2016, he became a free agent, and Manchester United saw the opportunity to sign Zlatan. With Manchester, Ibrahimovic was able to win UEFA Europa League, it was his first major European title. After his first season, he signed for another year. The second season was not looking great for him, and both he and the club decided to terminate his contract.
Zlatan then went to Major League Soccer, where he signed for LA Galaxy. This was the time when Ibrahimovic came back stronger. He completed his 500th professional goal. In his first season, he was furious. He was selected for MLS Best XI, MLS All-Star, MLS Goal of the Year, and MLS Newcomer of the Year Award. In the second season, he became captain of the team and took the team to play in the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs, but they lost to Los Angeles FC.
In the 2019-20 season, Zlatan came back to AC Milan and signed a six months contract with certain conditions. He completed his 100th appearance for the club and became the first player who has scored 50 goals for both Milan clubs. At the end of the season, he extended his contract. He will be staying at Milan until the end of the 2022-23 season. He also is the oldest player to score in Serie A.
When it comes to scoring some extraordinary goals, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a player who will never stop to amaze us. He is currently helping AC Milan’s new project where the club is already trying to gain their old heritage by dominating in Italy. They are also in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, where they are going to face Napoli.