The return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

There are not many 38 year old football players as important as Zlatan Ibrahimović. No question, his return to AC Milan is the most discussed winter transfer. The Swedish striker isn’t ready to hang up his boots yet and wants to bring the club back to the top of Europe.

Ibrahimovic celebrates goal

Zlatan’s love of AC Milan

Zlatan’s career is long and impressive. He has played for Malmö, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, FC Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and LA Galaxy. His expiring contract in America left plenty of room for speculation about the future of the Swedish national teams most successful scorer. Clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal, Everton and Napoli were in the running, but Zlatan Ibrahimović decided to return to the San Siro. During his previous stint at AC Milan (2010-2012) Zlatan Ibrahimović scored a total of 56 goals, won the championship and was crowned top-scorer of the Serie A.

Zlatan combines power and technique and targets the goal with powerful shots or volleys. Spectacular goals have become his signature move. Zlatan is characterised by his dribbling skills and his unforgettable bicycle kick goal against England. That’s how he is remembered in the minds of many football fans. He scored his 500th career goal against Toronto with his back heel. His black belt in Taekwondo allowed him to do this move.

San Siro from outside

Zlatan’s enemies: Van der Vaart and Guardiola

Zlatan is praised for his technical qualities, professional attitude and fitness levels. But his winning mentality has lead to a conflict or two. A long career in at the top of the game brings enemies and Zlatan has surely found a few of these during his time in football. In an international match between Sweden and the Netherlands, he fouled his former Ajax teammate Rafael van der Vaart extremely hard . He fought his AC Milan teammate Oguchi Oneywu during training and ultimately ended up  headbutting him. And he publicly threatened to hit his FC Barcelona Trainer Pep Guardiola. The dispute between him and the Spanish coach was the reason why Zlatan signed for AC Milan in 2010 for the first time.

Zlatan’s best sayings

Despite many awards and titles, Zlatan is undoubtedly one of the best strikers in football history, but he doesn’t need those titles: “I don’t need to win the Ballon d’Or to know that I am the best” is one of his most famous sayings, as is: “I am the Greatest – like Ali. Does that even work, the second greatest? Never mind: I am the greatest – after Ali.” Zlatan doesn’t hide his love for himself and trusts his own qualities. AC Milan can expect a lot of goals now, because as Zlatan says: “If you buy me, you’re buying a Ferrari.”

AC Milan has already won their first three games of the second half of the season with Zlatan. He scored his first goal against Cagliari. For Zlatan the next half year will likely be the last stop in his professional career, however, you never know what Zlatan will do next.

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