“I say goodbye to soccer, however to not you,” Ibrahimovic told the followers. “I’ve so many recollections and feelings inside this stadium.”
Ibrahimovic started his profession in Sweden at Malmö FF in 1999. He moved to Ajax on the age of 20 and was mentored by Dutch coach Ronald Koeman. Beneath Koeman’s tutelage, Ibrahimovic turned probably the most thrilling prospects in Europe. He spent the 2000s bouncing between Italy, France and England, whereas additionally making time for a brief stint with Pep Guardiola at Barcelona (a relationship that shortly, and memorably, turned bitter) and a David Beckham-style U.S. tour with the L.A. Galaxy.
It was Milan that stole Ibrahimovic’s coronary heart. He joined the Rossoneri on mortgage in 2011 and shortly signed on for a full contract in 2012. When he turned a free agent in 2020 after his Galaxy stint, Ibrahimovic accepted a big wage lower to return to Milan for the ultimate act of his profession. His objective was to assist the crew win the Italian championship, and in 2022, Ibrahimovic and AC Milan did precisely that.
Ibrahimovic introduced character, creativity and loads of well-earned confidence to every crew he joined. When he signed with the Galaxy, Ibrahimovic took out a full-page ad within the Los Angeles Occasions that merely learn, “Pricey Los Angeles, you are welcome.” He was notorious for his chest-puffing proclamations, usually referring to himself as “excellent,” a “legend,” a “king” and, most memorably, as God himself. After every thing he did for the town of Milan, the Rossoneri followers wound up satisfied he was telling the reality.
Ibrahimovic can be remembered for extra than simply his quotations. He was a gifted goal-scorer, usually netting essentially the most unattainable possibilities with supreme grace. His 2012 bicycle kick volley towards England will go down in historical past as probably the most audacious targets ever.
Whereas there have been few dry eyes within the San Siro upon Ibrahimovic’s farewell, he saved up his trademark good humor.
“There are such a lot of feelings going by means of me now,” he told the group, “however I’ll say, ‘I will see you round, when you’re fortunate.”