Following AC Milan’s final game of the season, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the renowned Swedish striker, made a significant announcement stating that he has chosen to retire from professional football.
In an emotional address to the crowd at San Siro, Zlatan Ibrahimovic expressed his heartfelt gratitude and announced his retirement from professional football.
Despite feeling a sense of breathlessness, Ibrahimovic reassured the audience that he was fine, reflecting on the countless memories he has experienced both on and off the field within the stadium.
“I can’t breathe but it’s fine, so many memories and so many memories inside this stadium. You gave me love first, then happiness,” Ibrahimovic said to the crowd at San Siro.
“I want to thank my family for their patience. I want to thank my second family: the footballers. I thank the coach, the staff, the managers.
“Lastly, but from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you fans. The time has come to say goodbye to football, not you.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s illustrious football career spanned over two decades, commencing with his professional debut for Malmo in 1999.
Throughout his journey, he graced the ranks of several prominent clubs, leaving a lasting impact on the football world. Ibrahimovic represented Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, LA Galaxy, and ultimately returned for a second spell at AC Milan.
During his remarkable career, the 41-year-old striker amassed a remarkable total of 511 goals in 866 club appearances. In addition to his club success, Ibrahimovic also made a significant impact on the international stage, scoring 62 goals in 122 appearances for the Swedish national team.
His goal-scoring prowess, technical ability, and charismatic persona have made Ibrahimovic an iconic figure in the sport, leaving behind an impressive legacy.