Zlatan Ibrahimovic receives an emotional farewell at AC Milan – and then announces the end of his career.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic retires!
After the last game of AC Milan against Hellas Verona (3:1)in which he could not be on the pitch due to the after-effects of a knee operation and a calf injury, the Swede received an emotional farewell in the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium – and then announced the resignation hammer late on Sunday evening.
The 41-year-old said: “The time has come to say goodbye. It’s just too much emotion for me. Let’s go Milan and goodbye.”
Serie A wrote on Twitter about a video of Zlatan’s farewell speech: “We will miss you, forever and ever.”
With his hands, the striker formed a heart addressed to the fans. The striker was visibly touched. Even tears welled up in the 41-year-old’s eyes, and some teammates also cried.
The football icon had previously been celebrated. On the southern curve of Milan, the fans showed a choreography with the word “Godbye”, alluding to his person and his enormous self-confidence. In addition, loud “Ibrahimovic, Ibrahimovic” chants could be heard in the stadium.
Ibra rumor about Berlusconi club
Even before the season finale, it was clear that Ibrahimovic would no longer play for Milan. The forward, who returned to the Rossoneri in 2020, has not had his expiring contract renewed.
However reported Gazzetta dello Sport on Sunday, that the 41-year-old is said to be in talks with AC Monza, the top division club owned by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
The club had already announced on Saturday that the Swede would say goodbye after the game “with a short ceremony”, and representatives of the striker wanted to end their career in a news agency interview AFP but not comment yet.
Now it is clear: There will be no further career step.
Ibrahimovic: 819 competitive games and 493 goals
Due to injuries, he was only able to play four competitive games last season, scoring one goal. In his entire career, the superstar scored a whopping 493 goals in 819 competitive games.
During his career, Ibrahimovic played for the top European clubs Juventus Turin, FC Barcelona, Paris St. Germain, Manchester United and Milan’s city rivals Inter Milan.
Last season, the 122-time Sweden national player became Italian champion with Milan. Overall, he won Serie A five times and was voted Italy’s footballer of the year three times.
With sports information service