Zlatan Ibrahimovic announces retirement from football

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has announced his retirement from professional football aged 41.

Ibrahimovic has called time on a glittering career that has seen the forward star for some of Europe’s top clubs for more than two decades. The Swedish striker announced his decision following an injury-hit season, with his contract at AC Milan set to expire this summer.


Ibrahimovic was given a guard of honour by his team-mates following Milan’s 3-1 win over Verona on Sunday before addressing the club’s fans in a speech post-game.

“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,” he said on the San Siro pitch.

“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 scored 511 goals in 866 club games and a record-breaking 62 in 122 appearances for Sweden at international level.

One of the most recognisable characters in European football, he won league titles with Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Milan, and Paris Saint-Germain, alongside a Europa League and League Cup double during a short spell at Manchester United.

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