Veteran Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced his retirement from soccer on Sunday, June 4, 2023, after a busy career that lasted for nearly a quarter of a century.
The 41-year-old player’s contract with Milan, an Italian club, will expire at the end of June. Due to a season full of injuries, the contract will not be renewed, resulting in the end of a successful and prominent career.
Ibrahimovic announces his retirement from soccer
Ibrahimovic arrived in Milan to spend a second term at the club in early 2020, after winning the league with him in 2011, to help him repeat the achievement last season.
“I say goodbye to football, but not to you,” he said while paying tribute to the San Siro fans after the 3-1 win over Verona on the last day of the season.
Tears in everyone’s eyes.— Lega Serie A (@SerieA_EN) June 4, 2023
Zlatan is immense,
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Zlatan was moved by the honor he was given and cried while addressing the supporters of the old Italian team.
The striker started his career in Malmö in 1999 and moved to Ajax Amsterdam in 2001 before continuing his career with major European clubs including Manchester United, Inter Milan, Barcelona and Juventus.
And Ibrahimovic is the historic scorer for Sweden with 62 goals in 121 games, and he retired internationally after the 2016 European Championship, but he returned to the national team in 2021 during the failure in the World Cup qualifiers.