End of an era as Zlatan Ibrahimovic retires from football

June 5, 2023

Football icon and one of the best strikers of the modern era, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has announced his imminent retirement from active football. The Swede 41, earlier on announced how he wouldn’t be renewing his contract with AC Milan where his season has been ruined by injuries.

An emotional Zlatan said that “the time has come to say goodbye to football”. A farewell banner by Milan fans saying ‘Godbye’ was paraded by the Rossoneri fans as he was given a guard of honor by fellow Milan players.

Speaking after the full time whistle as Milan Beat Verona 3-1, the player who has enjoyed a trophy laden career had nothing but praise and love for AC Milan.

 “I have so many memories and lived so many emotions in here, the first time I arrived here you gave me happiness. The second time love.”

“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 head coach Stefano) Pioli and his staff for the responsibility you have given me. I want to thank the managers for the opportunity.”

“But most important of all: from my heart I want to thank you fans. You welcomed me with open arms, you made me feel at home. I will be a Milan fan for life. The time has come to say goodbye to football, but not to you.”

“I have too many emotions that are passing through me. See you around, if you’re lucky. Forza Milan and goodbye”.

Ibrahimovic’s career kicked off in 1999 while playing for Malmo FF in his home country of Sweden. He would later transfer to Ajax Amsterdam in the Netherlands before spreading out across Europe and the US.

He’s played for clubs such as Inter Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, PSG, Manchester United, LA Galaxy and AC Milan

He’s also the leading goalscorer for his national team, Sweden with 62 goals in 121 matches.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s antics, temper, controversies and sense of humor has undoubtedly made him one of the most loved and hated football player. He has played 759 games scoring 467 goals for both club and country.