Zlatan Ibrahimovic He had an emotional farewell to Milan, the club that welcomed him in recent years and where he is considered an idol. But also, he said goodbye to football, as he took the opportunity to announce his retirement.
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A packed stadium brought together the Milan fans to bid farewell to the Swede. Zlatan, dressed in black, appeared on the court and could not hide his emotion, even a few tears escaped his eyes as he gave a farewell speech and received applause and choruses.
“Ibrahimovic, Ibrahimovic”chanted the fans in a stadium about to be flooded with so many tears.
“I’m a milanista for life,” said Zlatan. And he finished off: Forza Milan, arrivederci “.
It was previously announced that Ibrahimovic would leave AC Milan at the end of the season, following the Rossoneri’s last game against Hellas Verona in Serie A.
But he surprised by announcing his retirement from football, world news, as it is one of the icons of this sport today.
The emotion of Zlatan Ibrahimovic when seeing the mosaic that the AC Milan fans showed to see him off. This is how they said goodbye to his football God at San Siro. GOODBYE. pic.twitter.com/85Y7RSrc1y
– Undefeated (@InvictosSomos) June 4, 2023
an idol is removed
Ibrahimovic was one of the keys in Milan’s rise to the top of Italian football after returning to the club as a free agent at the end of 2019, helping the club return to the top of the table and even win the Scudetto last season. .
However, in recent months he has hardly been available to coach Stefano Pioli due to physical problems, after recovering in February from surgery on his left knee in May.
The 41-year-old has only started one game for Milan this season, the 3-1 win against Udinese in March, in which he became the oldest goalscorer in Serie A history.
In the warm-up for a game in April, he injured his right calf, which kept him off the pitch for the rest of the season. Ibrahimovic also won the Scudetto with Milan in 2011, the last championship won by the Rossoneri until the one achieved on the final day of last season.
The Swede retires from football after 988 games and 573 goals spread across all the clubs he has been to and his national team. He made his debut for Swedish Malmo in 1999, from where he made the jump to Dutch Ajax in 2001.
After four seasons he went to Italy, where he played for Juventus (2004-2006) and Inter (2006-2009) before going to Barcelona (2009-2010) He returned to Italy to start his first spell at Milan (2010 -2012), although he went to PSG (2012-2016), Manchester United (2016-18) and Los Angeles Galaxy (2018-2019) before closing the cycle in the ‘rossonero’ group with four seasons in a row.
Ibra, who will turn 42 in October, leaves football as a true myth and after a season at Milan away from the spotlight, but in which his role as a transcendental figure in the dressing room was impeccable. Always respected, both by players and by the coaching staff, he led the historic season last, 2021-22, to the ‘Scudetto’ champion to the top after 13 years without winning the title
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