Zlatan Ibrahimovic announces his retirement from football at 41 in emotional speech
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the iconic Sweden striker, announced his retirement from football at the age of 41 after AC Milan defeated Verona in their final Serie match on Sunday, June 4. Ibrahimovic, regarded as one of the finest number 9 of his generation, ended his amazing and eventful career at San Siro.
Ibrahimovic revealed that he wanted to play beyond the 2022/23 season earlier this season. However, an injury-led season ended both his second stint at AC Milan and his professional football career. After the Verona match, the Swedish legend praised AC Milan fans and announced that he will be a Milan fan for the rest of his life.
“The first time we arrived at Milan you gave me happiness, the second time you gave me love,” Zlatan said. “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 the whole It’s time to say goodbye to football, not you.”
Ibrahimovic began his football career in 1999 with his local club Malmo and went on to play for 8 different teams in seven different leagues. During his time with French giants Paris Saint-Germain from 2012 to 2016, he scored 156 goals in 180 matches. He has also played for AC Milan’s biggest rivals Inter Milan and Juventus, as well as European giants Barcelona, Manchester United and Ajax.