The Swedish striker is one of the unique footballers of his era with his special and interesting behavior.
According to rbc, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the most prominent footballers in history. During his career, he played for Malmo, Manchester United, Los Angeles Galaxy, Barcelona, Juventus, Inter Milan, Ajax and Paris Saint-Germain. This striker has won more than 30 championships during his career at the club level.
Below we review the readable facts of this footballer who will no longer be present in the green rectangle as a player.
In 2012, in a program broadcast on the French channel + Canal, journalists coined the word “zlataner”, which means “dominating and surpassing others”. In the same year, this verb was added to the Swedish dictionary.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the few players who has played for the big three Serie A clubs; Milan, Inter and Juventus. In addition to him, Christian Vieri, Edgar Davids, Andrea Pirlo and Roberto Baggio were also present in these three teams.
In November 2012, the forward scored all four of his team’s goals in a 4-2 win over England in a friendly against England. In the same game, in overtime, he scored a beautiful and wonderful goal from 30 meters away with a scissor kick.
FIFA awarded the Puskas Award to Ibrahimovic for the most beautiful goal of the year.
Zlatan is one of the best Swedish footballers of all time. He also holds the record for the most goals scored for the Swedish national team. He scored a total of 62 goals for his country’s national team.
The Swedish striker became the first player to score in every minute of football. He has managed to score in all minutes from the 1st to the 90th minute. Later, this achievement was repeated by Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.
In the 2009-10 season, Ibrahimovic moved to Barcelona from Inter, but he had a disagreement with Pep Guardiola at the club.
The soccer player publicly criticized Guardiola’s style of play. In addition, Guardiola left the Swedish striker on the bench in the main matches. After only one season, this striker was sold to Milan.
Ibrahimovic later said that Guardiola bought a “Ferrari” and uses this car like a Fiat: “Anyone who buys me buys a Ferrari. If you have a Ferrari, you fill its tank with super gasoline and drive it on the highways. Guardiola would fill my tank with gas and go for a tour around the city. He should have bought a Fiat.”
Ibrahimovic has won many individual awards and is recognized as one of the best strikers of his generation.
In addition, he is one of the few players to have scored more than 500 goals in his career. He managed to score 561 goals. Among the current players, only three players have scored more than him. Cristiano Ronaldo (837), Lionel Messi (805) and Robert Lewandowski (599).
In March 2023, the Milan striker converted his team’s penalty in stoppage time against Udinese to tie the game. In this way, Ibrahimovic became the oldest scorer in the history of Serie A at the age of 41 years and 166 days. Previously, this record was held by Alessandro Costacorta, who scored for Milan in 2007 when he was 41 years and 25 days old.
In 2017, the striker came on as a substitute for Manchester United in the Champions League group stage match against Basel.
In this way, the Swedish striker became the first player to play for 7 different clubs in the Champions League. He has previously played for Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.
However, Zlatan never won the Champions League.
For his 40th birthday, Zlatan bought a Ferrari SF 90 Spider, which is worth 500,000 euros. SF 90 Spider is a special car. This is not the first time that the Milan striker has done this; Ibrahimovic has an impressive collection of sports cars, especially Ferraris.