Zlatan Ibrahimovic: AC Milan star retires from football aged 41

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a 41-year-old Swedish striker who played 866 club games and 62 international matches, has announced his retirement from football. Ibrahimovic announced to the crowd at San Siro that he was leaving football, but not them.

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 41, has declared his retirement from football after playing in 62 international games and 866 club appearances. At San Siro, Ibrahimovic told the audience that he was quitting football but not them.

At the conclusion of the game, Ibrahimovic addressed the crowd on the field and stated, “I have so many memories and have experienced so many emotions in here. The first time I came here, you brought me happiness. love a second time.

 “I want to express my gratitude to my family and close friends for their tolerance. I would want to thank the players, my second family. I want to express my gratitude to Stefano Pioli and his crew for entrusting me with this duty. I appreciate the managers giving me this chance.

“But most importantly, I want to thank my followers from the bottom of my heart. You gave me a warm welcome and helped me feel at home. I’ll always support AC Milan. It’s time to part ways with football, but not with you.

The striker began his professional career in 1999 with Malmo FF before moving on to Ajax Amsterdam in 2001. Since then, he has played for top European clubs including Manchester United, Inter Milan, and Milan.

Ibrahimovic, who had helped Milan win the Scudetto in 2011 and the championship again the previous season, returned to the club in early 2020 for a second stint.

Ibrahimovic, who has scored 62 goals in 121 games for Sweden, left the team following the 2016 Euros but returned in 2021 for their disastrous World Cup qualifying campaign.

Rafael Leao and the seasoned striker had earlier in the evening joined in on the sidelines to celebrate Leao’s second and Milan’s third goals of the contest. Hellas Verona lost to AC Milan 3-1.

 

 

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