Capital: € 180 million
Age: 38
Born: 10/03/1981
Country of origin: Sweden
Source of wealth: Soccer player
Last updated: 2022

Short introduction

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Swedish football player of Bosnian-Croatian origin, striker of the Los Angeles Galaxy Club MLS. Former captain of the Swedish national team. He is considered one of the most unpredictable and skillful strikers of his generation. According to The Guardian, Ibrahimovic ranked third among the world’s best football players in 2013. According to the Swedish magazine Dagens Nyheter, Ibrahimovic took second place in the list of the most talented athletes in the state of all time.

Early life

Born in Malmö in the Rusengård region in the family of Yugoslav emigrants. His father Shefik Ibrahimovic is a Bosnian Muslim Slav from Tuzla and his mother Yurka Gravich is a Croatian from Zadar. You met and married in Sweden. At the age of eight, Zlatan started playing for the children’s team of the Balkan Club, in which only immigrants from the Balkan countries played. He was immediately accepted into an older age group.

Career

From the age of twelve he played for the youth teams in Malmö and made his debut in 1999 in the first team. After spending two years in the club, he switched to Ajax in the Netherlands in the summer of 2001 for EUR 7.8 million. In Amsterdam, Zlatan won two national titles and a trophy for three years. In the summer of 2004 he switched to Italian Juventus for 16 million euros. In his first season, he became champion of Italy. He defended his title in the 2005/06 season, but due to organizational problems both championships were canceled, after which Ibrahimovic switched to Inter for 24.8 million euros. For three years, Scudetto won the championship three times in a row as part of the “black and blue”. Due to the conflict with the head coach of the “blue garnet” Josep Guardiola, Ibrahimovic moved to Milan on loan in the summer of 2010 and finally to Milan in 2011. In his first season after returning to Serie A, Zlatan was again Italian champion. Due to financial problems, Milan had to sell Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain in 2012, the transaction value was 60 million euros. As part of the Parisians, the Swede became French champion four times in a row. In summer 2016 he moved to Manchester United as a free agent in England. As part of the Red Devils, he was the winner of the Europa League, owner of the Football League Cup trophy and the Super Bowl of England. In March 2018, Manchester United announced the termination of the contract with the football player, after which Ibrahimovic switched to MLS.

In 2001 he made his debut for the Swedish national team. He played at four European championships (2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016) and two world championships (2002 and 2006). He is the most successful top scorer in the history of the Swedish national team.

Career highlights

At the 2004 European Championship, the Swede played a key role on the starting grid. He scored a penalty in the game against the Bulgarian national team, and a goal against Italy, which essentially ensured that the Swedes reached the quarter-finals. His goal became one of the most spectacular goals in the tournament. However, Ibrahimovic missed the penalty shoot-out in the quarter-final game against the Dutch national team and sent the ball higher than the goal, preventing the Swedes from moving on. In the qualifiers of the 2016 European Championship, he was the captain of the team. On September 8, 2014 Ibrahimovic played his 100th game for the Swedish national team, this happened in the game against the Austrian national team (1-1). In the selection, the Swedish national team took 3rd place in Group G and went into off-play. On November 14, 2015 Ibrahimovic scored the winning goal in the first off-play game against the Danish national team (2-1). Three days later, he scored a double in a second leg, which qualified the Swedish national team for the 2016 European Football Championship. In ten qualifying rounds he scored eleven goals and became the second goal scorer after the Polish international Robert Lewandowski.

Married to the Swedish actress and model Helene Seger (* 25.08.1970), who is 11 years older than Zlatan. The couple have two sons – Maximilian (born September 22, 2006) and Vincent (born March 6, 2008). In autumn 2016, Zlatan sent his sons to the “Red Devil” Academy. Currently lives in Paris, spends the summer in his summer house in Malmö. Ibrahimovic has a black belt in taekwondo; From childhood he studied at the Malmö Taekwondo Club – “Unity”. Zlatan speaks five languages: Swedish, Bosnian, English, Spanish and Italian. In an interview with Eurosport, Ibrahimovic said that his role model was Mohammed Ali: “Mohammed Ali is my role model, both in sports and outside…” Ibrahimovic is committed to Catholicism.

Famous quotes

+ If you want to stop me, you have to kill me.
+ We are currently looking for a house. But if we don’t find anything, my god, I’ll just buy l.
+ When asked whether he was human or should be worshiped: “Zlatan is only human.

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