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News'The Sultan' Zlatan is ending his football career and retiring from football

‘The Sultan’ Zlatan is ending his football career and retiring from football

“I have a lot of memories and a lot of feelings here,” said the Milan striker, the Swedish star. Adding: “The first time I came here, you gave me happiness. The second time, my love. I will be a Milan fan for life.”

“It’s time to say goodbye to football.”

Ibrahimovic appeared moved when the Milan fans sang it, then his teammates gave him a salute as he left the stadium.

The former Manchester United striker spent most of the season on the sidelines with injury and only featured four times for Milan, scoring once in a 3-1 loss to Udinese in March, and his departure from the club has already been announced.

Last July, he renewed his contract for another year, despite the prospect of a long medical rehabilitation after knee surgery.

Shortly after helping Milan win the Serie A title, Zlatan underwent surgery on his left knee for an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

elegant striker

Ibrahimovic scored a long-range header against England in 2012 – his fourth goal in that same match, which ended 4-2 against Sweden.

Al-Sultan began his career at Malmö and joined Ajax in 2001 after rejecting overtures from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

He said: “Arsene Wenger asked me to try out with Arsenal when I was 17. I turned it down. Zlatan doesn’t do trials.”

The striker also had stints with Juventus and Inter Milan before an ill fate at Barcelona, ​​where he complained about the way he was employed on the pitch by manager Pep Guardiola.

“When you buy me, you buy a Ferrari,” Ibrahimovic said.

“If you’re driving a Ferrari, you put super fuel in the tank, drive to the freeway and hit the gas.

“Guardiola filled his car with diesel and went for a drive in the countryside. If that was what he wanted, he should have bought himself a Fiat from the start.”

Sweden’s all-time top scorer

Ibrahimovic first joined Milan in 2010, initially on loan, before joining Paris Saint-Germain where he scored 113 times in 122 league appearances.

He also won the Europa League and League Cup with Manchester United and had a spell at LA Galaxy before returning to San Siro.

Ibrahimović was Sweden’s all-time top scorer with 62 goals in 122 appearances.

Al-Sultan dropped out of the national team after Euro 2016 but returned in 2021 with an unsuccessful World Cup qualifying campaign.

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