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Zlatan Ibrahimovic career; from the beginning up to now

Mon 11 October 2021 | 14:30

Regarded as one of the best strikers of all time, the lion has played for many different clubs and has won lots of titles. In this article today, we are going to have a look at the Zlatan Ibrahimovic career; from the beginning up to now. Stay with us!

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

is a Swedish national team footballer who currently plays for AC Milan. Having won 31 trophies, he is one of the most decorated active footballers in the world.

Ibrahimovic started his career at Malmö BI in 1989 and joined FBK Balkan in 1991, where he played until 1995. Afterward, he joined Malmö FF and played for them at the youth level until 1999. At the senior level, the Lion has played for Malmö FF, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and LA Galaxy.

Zlatan has won 2 Eredivisie titles, 1 KNVB Cup and 1 Johan Cruyff Shield with Ajax, 2 Serie A titles with Juventus, 3 Serie A and 2 Supercoppa Italiana with Inter Milan, 1 La Liga, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup and 2 Supercopa de España titles with Barcelona and 1 Serie A and 1 Supercoppa Italiana with AC Milan.

The Lion has won 4 Ligue 1 titles, 2 Coupe de France, 3 Coupe de la Ligue and 3 Trophée des Champions with PSG and 1 FA Community Shield, 1 EFL Cup and 1 UEFA Europa League with Manchester United.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic career up to now    

In this article today, we are going over the

Zlatan Ibrahimovic career

; from the beginning up to now. Here you can read everything you need to know about this Swedish Lion. Stay tuned!

Malmö FF

Going over the Zlatan Ibrahimovic career, it is seen that his first senior team was

Malmö FF

, the club which competes in Allsvenskan. He made 40 appearances and scored 16 goals during 2 years of playing for them.

Arsene Wenger, who was the manager of Arsenal, was impressed by Ibrahimovic after watching him in a friendly against Norwegian side Moss FK and tried to persuade him to join the gunners, but Zlatan turned him down.

“Arsene Wenger asked me to have a trial with Arsenal when I was 17. I turned it down. Zlatan doesn’t do auditions.” Stated Ibrahimovic on turning down Arsenal.

Ajax

If you look at the Zlatan Ibrahimovic career, you see that he contracted with Ajax on 22 March 2001. This Swedish footballer didn’t receive a lot of playing time under manager Co Adriaanse, however, when Ronald Koeman joined the club on 29 November 2001, he inserted Ibrahimovic into the starting lineup.

On 17 September 2002, Ibrahimovic made his Champions League debut and scored 2 goals in a 2-1 victory over Lyon. They performed well in the UCL as they advanced to the quarter-finals and lost to Milan.

The Lion scored a brilliant individual goal against NAC Breda on 22 August 2004, as he dribbled 5 players which made the commentator compare him with Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane. It was voted the Goal of the Year by Eurosport viewers and was one of the Zlatan Ibrahimovic best career moments.

Going over the

Zlatan Ibrahimovic career

, it is seen that he played for Ajax until 2004, making 74 appearances and scoring 35 goals. This Swedish striker left the club with 2 Eredivisie titles, 1 KNVB Cup and 1 Johan Cruyff Shield title.

Juventus    

Having a look at the

Zlatan Ibrahimovic career up to now

, it is understood that he joined the Old Lady in 2004. The Lion was inserted into the starting lineup due to David Trezeguet’s injury problems and scored 16 goals. The Black and whites became the champions of Serie A and were knocked out by Liverpool in the quarter-finals.

 At the end of the 2004/05 season, Ibrahimovic became the Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year and was awarded the Guldbollen, a prize which is given to the best Swedish footballer of the year.

In the next season, Zlatan’s role in the attacks changed. He moved to the sidelines, became less of a goal scorer and took part in the build-up play. At the end of the season,

Juventus

were stripped of their last two Scudetti as part of the verdict from the Calciopoli scandal, which made them relegate to Serie B. the staff tried to convince Ibrahimovic and other top players to stay with the club, but he refused to accept.

According to the Zlatan Ibrahimovic career, he made 70 appearances for Juventus with scoring 23 goals. He won 2 Serie A titles with the Zebras.

Inter Milan

Going over the Zlatan Ibrahimovic career up to now, it is seen that he moved to

Inter Milan

on 10 August 2006. He used to support the Black and Blues when he was young.

The Lion made his debut for Inter on 26 August 2006 against Roma in the 2006 Supercoppa Italiana, the match which they won after extra time. He made his Serie A debut on 9 September against Fiorentina, the game in which they won 3-2.

On 28 October 2006, Ibrahimovic scored the 3rd goal of the match in his first “Derby della Madonnina” that Inter won with the result of 4-3. They became the champions of Serie A in the 2006/07 season.

Zlatan played his 100th Serie A match on 16 September 2007 against Catania in an eventual 2-0 win. During the 2007/08 season, he signed a new contract until June 2013, which made him the highest-paid footballer of the word.

On the final day of the 2007/08 Serie A season, Ibrahimovic scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Parma to give the Black and Blues the 2nd consecutive league title. He was named the Serie A Footballer of the Year and the Foreign Footballer of the Year.

In his last season, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the only goal of Inter during the opening match of the Serie A against Sampdoria, which ended 1-1. On 4 October 2008, during a home match against Bologna, which Inter won 2-1, the Lion scored a sensational goal with an irresistible back-heeled shot. The goal was voted as the Goal of the Year in Serie A and was one of the Zlatan Ibrahimovic best career moments.

This brilliant striker became the league’s top scorer and helped Inter to achieve another league title in the 2008/09 season. He also became both the Footballer of the Year and the Foreign Footballer of the Year for the second consecutive year.

Going over the

Zlatan Ibrahimovic career

, it is seen that he made 88 appearances and 57 goals for the Black and Blues in total. The Lion left Inter with 3 Serie A and 2 Supercoppa Italiana titles.

Barcelona

Having a look at the Zlatan Ibrahimovic career, it is understood that he left Inter and joined Barca, in exchange for Samuel Eto’o and a reported fee of £59 million. He made his debut for the Catalans on 23 August 2009 and assisted a goal against Athletic Bilbao that led them to win the Supercopa de España.

Ibrahimovic scored his first goal in

Barcelona

's La Liga season opener against Sporting Gijón in a 3–0 win. He scored in the next 4 games and became the first player to score in his first five league games. This brilliant striker also scored 11 goals in Barca’s first 15 league matches.

After Barcelona had defeated against Inter Milan in the semi-finals of the Champions League, Zlatan confronted Pep Guardiola in the changing room. This is how he explains what happened:

“I yelled: ‘You haven’t got any balls!’ and worse than that I added: ‘You can go to hell!’ I completely lost it, and you might have expected Guardiola to say a few words in response, but he’s a spineless coward. He just left, never to mention it again, not a word.”

On 25 August, Ibrahimovic played his last match for the club against Milan for the Joan Gamper Trophy. In his autobiography “I Am Zlatan”, he states: “It started well, but then Messi started to talk. He wanted to play in the middle, not on the wing, so the system changed from 4-3-3 to 4-5-1. I was sacrificed and no longer had the freedom on the pitch I need to succeed.”

This is what he told Pep on how he was used in Barcelona: “You bought a Ferrari, but you drive it like a Fiat.”

According to the Zlatan Ibrahimovic career, he left Barca with 1 La Liga, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup and 2 Supercopa de España titles. The Lion made 29 appearances and scored 16 goals for the Catalans. 

Paris Saint Germain

Before joining PSG, the Lion moved from Barcelona to AC Milan. We will go over the Zlatan Ibrahimovic career in AC Milan in the last part of the article. Now in this part, we will have a look at his career at

Paris Saint Germain

.

Zlatan joined the Parisians in 2012. After he signed the contract, he made the following statement: “It is a big step in my career and another dream come true. I am very happy because it is a project that I want to be involved in. I want to be part of the history of the club. I am here to win and nothing else.” These words show that signing with Paris Saint-Germain was one of the Zlatan Ibrahimovic best career moments in his own opinion.

In the first match of the Parisians in the Champions League against Dynamo Kyiv, Ibrahimović scored his sixth goal in only his fifth appearance for PSG and thus became the first player to score for 6 different clubs in the UCL. Later, this brilliant player became the third footballer to have played in El Clasico, Derby della Madonnina and Le Classique after Ronaldinho and Laurent Blanc, as he played against Marseille.

The Lion ended the 2012/13 UCL season with 7 assists. He also won the Ligue 1 title and became the league top scorer with 30 goals.

“We haven’t had a goal scorer like him in France for a long time. He is on a different planet to anyone else.” Said Jean-Pierre Papin on the scoring ability of the Lion.

On 4 October 2015, Ibrahimovic scored 2 goals against Marseille in a 2-1 win that made him become PSG’s all-time leading goal scorer with 110 goals. He became the Ligue 1 top scorer 3 times in the 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2015/16 seasons.

In the middle of the 2015/16 season, Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced that he would leave the club at the end of the season, saying that only if they replaced the Eiffel Tower with a statue of himself would he stay.

The Lion left Paris Saint-Germain with 4 Ligue 1 titles, 2 Coupe de France, 3 Coupe de la Ligue and 3 Trophée des Champions titles. He made 122 appearances and scored 113 goals for the Parisians.

Manchester United

Going over the Zlatan Ibrahimovic career, it is seen that he joined the Red Devils on 1 July 2016. In his Premier League debut, the Lion scored with a long-range strike in the 3-1 win over Bournemouth on the opening day. On 5 February 2017, Zlatan scored his 15th league goal against Leicester City and became the oldest player to score at least 15 goals in a single Premier League season at the age of 35. On 13 April 2017, the Lion made it to the 6 player shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year.

In the 2017/18 season, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was named the first footballer to feature for 7 clubs in the Champions League in a 1-0 loss to Basel. At the end of this season, this brilliant striker left the club.

According to the Zlatan Ibrahimovic career, he won 1 FA Community Shield title, 1 EFL Cup and 1 UEFA Europa League title with Manchester United. He made 33 appearances and scored 17 goals for the club.

LA Galaxy 

Having a look at the Zlatan Ibrahimovic career, it is seen that on 23 March 2018, he joined the MLS club,

LA Galaxy

. He made his debut on 31 March against Los Angeles FC and scored 2 goals, leading them to a 4-3 win.

On 15 September, the God scored his 500th career goal in a 5-3 defeat against Toronto FC with an acrobatic strike, which was one of the

Zlatan Ibrahimovic best career moments

. After the match, he said that he was “happy for Toronto because they’ll be remembered as my 500th victim”.

Later, Zlatan was selected for the MLS All-Star Game and the MLS Best XI. He was also awarded the MLS Newcomer of the Year Award and MLS Goal of the Year for his strike from distance against Los Angeles FC.

On 31 March 2019, Ibrahimovic scored 2 goals in a 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers and reached his 515th career goal, overtaking Gunnar Nordahl to become the Swedish player with the most goals in the history of football. This brilliant striker was again named an MLS All-Star and to the Best XI in the 2018/019 season.

On 13 November 2019, Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced that he would leave LA Galaxy through his Twitter account, saying: “You wanted Zlatan, I gave you Zlatan. You are welcome. The story continues...Now go back to watch baseball”.

AC Milan   

Now it is time to go over the Zlatan Ibrahimovic career in

AC Milan

. He was loaned out to Milan by Barcelona for the 2010/11 season. The Lion made his debut for the Red and Blacks in a 2-0 loss to Cesena on 11 September.

In the 2011/12 season, Ibrahimovic continued playing for Milan and became the Serie A top scorer with 28 goals. The Lion left AC Milan and moved to PSG for the next season, however, he came back for the 2019/20 season after he had left LA Galaxy and has been playing for them since then.

On 29 July, Zlatan became the first player to score 50 Serie A goals for both Milan clubs as he scored against Sampdoria. He also became the oldest goal scorer of Derby della Madonnina as he scored in their 4-2 loss.

On 26 January 2021, Ibrahimovic was involved in a confrontation with Romelu Lukaku in the quarter-finals of Coppa Italia after a foul committed by the striker of Inter Milan in the first half. Their arguments continued into the tunnel at half-time and they were booked.

 The pitchside microphones recorded Zlatan telling Lukaku “go do your voodoo” and “little donkey”, therefore the Italian Football Federation started to investigate if there were any signs of racial abuse.  However, Ibrahimovic denied using racism on social media, stating “In Zlatan’s world there is no place for racism”, although a possible jab at Lukaku was also included by adding “We are all players some better than others”.

On 26 April 2021, though with no evidence of racist intent, Ibrahimović was fined €4000 and Lukaku €3000.

According to the

Zlatan Ibrahimovic career in AC Milan

, he has won 2 titles with the club, 1 Serie A and 1 Supercoppa Italiana title.

This was our article on the career of the Swedish Lion. Hope you have enjoyed the article. Thanks for reading.

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