One of the all-time soccer greats Zlatan Ibrahimovic has retired from all forms of the game at the age of 41 with immediate effect.
The Swede made his announcement on the San Siro pitch following AC Milan’s 3-1 win against Serie A strugglers Hellas Verona and was honored by the Rossoneri with a Tifo held by fans inside the stadium which simply read “Godbye”.
Tears in everyone's eyes.
Zlatan is immense,
𝐀𝐋𝐖𝐀𝐈𝐙 ❤️🖤 pic.twitter.com/ZiCwzdWTZB
— Lega Serie A (@SerieA_EN) June 4, 2023
Swedish legend retires from the game after glorious career
Despite a tearful departure, the often controversial iconic center forward was still in typically bullish form and responded to visiting Hellas fans who stayed to listen to his speech at the conclusion of Sunday’s match by saying, “Keep booing. This is the biggest moment in your year seeing me.”
The veteran striker played in seven different countries and scored a total of 511 goals in 866 matches in all competitions during his career. During this time, Zlatan famously graced the MLS between 2018 and 2019 for LA Galaxy and provided legendary moments including two sensational goals on his debut in a 4-3 comeback win against city rivals LAFC in the inaugural El Trafico derby.