Zlatan Ibrahimovic Officially Retires at the Age of 41, Here are His Achievements and Iconic Moments Throughout His Career

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Officially Retires at the Age of 41, Here are His Achievements and Iconic Moments Throughout His Career


Zlatan Ibrahimovic has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 41. He made the announcement after the final Serie A match of the 2022/2023 season, where AC Milan faced Hellas Verona at the San Siro on Monday (June 5, 2023).

"The time has come to say goodbye to football. I have so many memories and emotions here. The first time I arrived here, you gave me happiness. The second time [I came here, you gave me] love," said Ibrahimovic while speaking on the San Siro pitch.

As known, Ibra returned to AC Milan in 2019 for his second spell with the Rossoneri, following his previous stint from 2010 to 2012. In his first period with Milan, the Swedish striker helped secure the Serie A title in the 2010/2011 season.

Upon returning to San Siro for the second time, Ibra played a key role in ending Milan's 11-year league title drought by leading them to win the Serie A in the 2021/2022 season.

Now, his contract with AC Milan will expire at the end of June, and he has announced that he will not renew it after a season plagued by injury issues.

"I want to thank my family, everyone close to me, for their patience. I want to thank my second family, the players. I want to thank [AC Milan coach Stefano] Pioli and his staff for the responsibility you have given me," Ibra expressed.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic began his professional football career at his hometown club, Malmo FF, in 1999. His impressive abilities as a forward attracted the interest of several top European clubs. Ibrahimovic then joined Ajax Amsterdam in 2001, where his career continued to ascend.

The towering striker spent three years in the Netherlands before moving to a number of top European clubs, including Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, LA Galaxy, and returning to Milan until his retirement.

Throughout his career, Ibra has scored 496 goals and provided 204 assists in 827 appearances at the club level, making him the eighth-highest goalscorer in club football history. Additionally, he is also the all-time leading scorer for the Swedish national team with 62 goals.

Ibrahimovic is also one of the most decorated players, with a collection of 32 trophies to his name. He has won league titles, domestic cups, the UEFA Europa League, the UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup.

Unfortunately, despite his illustrious career, Ibra has never won the UEFA Champions League title.

Undeniably, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a player with a unique character. He often brands himself as arrogant and superior. The most recent incident occurred during his farewell to AC Milan fans at the San Siro after the match against Hellas Verona.

The Verona supporters who were still inside the stadium could be heard jeering Ibrahimovic as he spoke in the middle of the pitch. The Swedish giant calmly responded to the opposing fans' taunts.

"Keep booing, this is your biggest moment of the season because you get to see me," Ibrahimovic said.

As he mentioned in his autobiography, Ibrahimovic has never been afraid to disappoint some people by doing what he believes is right.

There is another iconic moment for the striker when he won the FIFA Puskas Award in 2013. In an international match between Sweden and England, Ibrahimovic scored an incredible bicycle kick goal from outside the penalty box. The goal extended Sweden's lead to 4-2 against England, showcasing his incredible skill and athleticism.

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