Swedish former football player and AC Milan legend , Zlatan Ibrahimovic has declared that he has finally retired at the age of 41.
Zlatan spent most of the season wounded and not fit to play, but made a trip to the San Siro to watch AC Milan’s final Serie A game on Sunday, May 4.
After the game on 4th May , the Swedish legend addressed the crowd and his fans.
Ibrahimovic’s contract with AC Milan comes to an end at the end of June and he had let everyone know earlier that he would not be renewing it due to an injury-filled season.
Ibrahimovic said: “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”.
The striker kicked off his exceptional career at Malmo FF in 1999 followed by Ajax Amsterdam in 2001 before moving to leading European teams like Manchester United, Inter Milan, and Milan.
The legend Ibrahimovic, Sweden’s highest scorer with 62 goals in 121 matches, left the national team after Euro 2016 but resumed in 2021 for their World Cup qualifying campaign.
The AC Milan striker helped the Dutch giants to win the Eredivisie in his first campaign in Amsterdam before joining Juventus after four years. just after Juventus got relegated ,he joined Inter Milan where he won three titles.
After that he moved to barcelona for a very short period before going back to Italy on loan with AC Milan. This particular move was then made permanent in 2011 where he scored 35 goals in 44 appearances.