According to the report of Federation of Football History, Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a 24-year career and played for nine different teams while netting 561 goals for both club and country. With 62 goals in 121 international games, he retires as Sweden’s all-time leading goal scorer.
The venerable Swede made the news on the San Siro pitch after AC Milan’s final Serie A match of the 2022–23 season while displaying a sorrowful expression.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic reminded the crowd, “I have many memories and many feelings in here.
“When I initially came here, you made me happy. Love the second time. I’ll always be a Milan supporter.It’s time to part ways with football, but not with you. If you’re lucky, I’ll see you around. Thank you, Milan, and good bye.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was serenaded by the Milan supporters, many of whom were crying as they sang.
His Milan teammates then provided him with a guard of honour as he left the pitch.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic exits the game as one of the all-time greats after a brilliant 24-year career that saw him win 34 titles.
Before joining Dutch team Ajax in 2001 at the age of 19, he started with Malmo in his native Sweden.
In his first year in Amsterdam, Zlatan Ibrahimovic won the Eredivisie title. His breathtaking slaloming goal against NAC Breda in August 2004 is still regularly shared on social media.
His next stop was Inter Milan, where he helped the team win two Suppercoppa Italianas and three straight league championships.
After helping them win the LaLiga, he was then rewarded with a high-profile transfer to Barcelona in 2009. However, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s time in Catalonia was cut short due to a highly publicised falling out with Pep Guardiola.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic then went back to Milan, although he joined Inter’s rivals AC Milan instead, where he helped them win the 2010–11 Serie A and Supercoppa Italiana.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined the French team in July 2012, following the Qatari ownership of Paris Saint-Germain, where he won four straight Ligue 1 championships.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic had time in England as too, spending two years playing for Manchester United. In his first year at Old Trafford, he won two trophies: the League Cup and the Europa League.
He then embarked on an adventure in America by joining MLS team LA Galaxy. Despite the lack of a trophy to show for his efforts, he made an immediate effect on the league with his first goal for the team, an incredible strike into the goal from 35 yards out.
He remained in Milan for the final four years of his career, helping them win the Scudetto title again in the 2021–2022 season—their first in eleven years. The only significant ‘failure’ of the season was not receiving a Champions League winners’ medal.Zlatan Ibrahimovic played for Sweden on 122 occasions and scored 62 goals.