“The King” Zlatan Ibrahimovic has retired from international football after Sweden were knocked out of Euro 2016.
He announced his retirement from international football earlier this week after 16 years playing for Sweden in which he’s recorded 62 goals with 116 caps, the most of any Swedish player.
-Famous Zlatan Moments-
13 year ago, Zlatan was offered a trial at Arsenal by Arsene Wenger. The offer did not go down well enough with Zlatan as he felt he was too good to go under a trial. He felt managers should either know them or don’t. to describe his disappointment he said ‘Zlatan doesn’t do auditions’. It would have been one hell of a story had Zlatan joined them and took Arsena’s success to a different level.
Spanish female Reporter
In 2010, when Zlatan was at Barcelona, pictures of him and his teammate Gerard Pique in a close embrace were circulating and rumors of them being homosexual were floating. To this incident a Spanish reporter asked Zlatan if he was gay to which he replied “Come to my house and you’ll see if I’m gay and bring your sister”.
PSG back flick goal
In October 2013, Zlatan scored an outrageous goal against Bastia. Playing for the French side Paris Saint Germain, ZLatan scored using a scorpion kick. Lucas Moura’s deflected cross ended up in the net when Zlatan guided it through an amazing back flick and the goal was praised a lot worldwide.
Zlatan has always been audacious in his statements and has always charmed many with some of his replies. One such moment was when Zlatan was asked about his wife. When asked Zlatan what did he gift his wife on her birthday, he replied “Nothing. She already has Zlatan.” That is some attitude and reply from the Swedish striker.
Zlatan on World Cup
The 2014 World Cup missed some of the great football superstars which also included Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Sweden were knocked out of the Brazil World Cup qualifiers which was very sad. To this disappointment, a reporter asked Zlatan if he would visit Brazil to be a spectator at the World Cup to which he replied “A World Cup without me isn’t worth watching”.
In the Euro 2004 competition, Sweden faced Italy. Italy were leading 1-0 when Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an insane goal to help Sweden get a point out of the game. Zlatan flicked the ball from the outside of his foot into the top corner beating the great Italian Goalkeeper Buffon. The goal is remembered even after years passed by.
Zlatan has always counted himself as the most important member for whichever team he has played. Zlatan has always accounted himself as a club’s biggest asset and it is no surprise that he values himself higher than everyone. Once when asked how does he feel being sidelined by injuries to which he replied “ An injured Zlatan is a pretty serious thing for any team “.
Paris House Hunting
Zlatan’s mega transfer move from Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain saw him landing at the beautiful city of Paris. He immediately started house hunting after his transfer. During the house hunting he was found quoting as “We are looking for an apartment. If we don’t find anything , then I’ll probably just buy the hotel “. Zlatan has always been like this and it’s difficult to accept he might change.
Zlatan earned maximum attention during his days at Ajax. His time at Ajax involved a wonderful solo goal that had awestrucked many with the capabilities ZLatan possess. Zlatan dribbled past five to six defenders in a close space, cutting inside and out, keeping himself composed and more importantly a very cool finish. That goal did make the legendary Cryuff proud.
In November 2012, Sweden faced England in a friendly match. The match ended 4-2 with Sweden winning. All the four goals were scored by Zlatan but what was absolutely stunning was his fourth goal. Joe Hart came out his technical area to clear a long ball using his head. Zlatan read as in where Hart was about to clear and pounced on it with a brilliant overhead bicycle kick from 30 yards out. Despite efforts from Ryan Shawcross to reach to the ball, the ball landed in the back of the net and was one of the best goals Zlatan ever scored.
“Swedish style? No. Yugoslavian style? Of course not. It has to be Zlatan-style.”
On whether his mixed heritage influenced the way he plays.
“What Carew does with a football, I can do with an orange.”
Responding to Norway striker John Carew’s suggestions that his flicks and tricks were “pointless” in the run-up to a meeting between the two countries in 2002.
“I have given an apology, not because I behaved incorrectly, but because it was a badly chosen occasion.”
Ibrahimovic said sorry for visiting a Stockholm nightclub straight after a poor Swedish performance in a Euro 2004 qualifier with Latvia.
“If you accuse me again, I’ll break both your legs – and that time it will be on purpose.”
A response to Ajax team-mate Rafael van der Vaart’s claim that Ibrahimovic deliberately set out to injure him a Sweden-Netherlands friendly in 2004.
“It has always been a great honour, but for the time being I won’t play for the national team because I am not motivated.”
Sweden’s failure to qualify for the 2010 World Cup prompted Zlatan to rule himself out of playing friendly fixtures.
“You can’t coach brilliance like that.”
On scoring with a jaw-dropping bicycle kick to a complete a hat-trick in a friendly against England in November 2012.
“A World Cup without me is nothing to watch, so it is not worth waiting for the World Cup.”
Following Sweden’s defeat by Portugal in the 2014 World Cup play-offs.
“They said they were going to send me to retirement. I sent their whole nation into retirement.”
A brace in Sweden’s Euro 2016 play-off win over Scandinavian rivals Denmark was particularly sweet.
‘Absolutely brilliant. What a player’