“Even God is sad about my retirement. I’m Super Human”. – Zlatan Ibrahimović

Zlatan Ibrahimovic retires from football at the age of 41, bringing to an end an incredible career.

He scored 511 goals for clubs including Paris St-Germain, Manchester United and both AC and Inter Milan, winning league titles in four countries.

Ibrahimovic won 34 trophies – including 14 league titles – in a career that began in the last century, and was nominated for the Ballon d’Or 11 times.

He also retires as Sweden’s all-time top scorer with 62 international goals in 122 matches.

“I did not tell anyone I was leaving football. I just told the club we had to do something for the last game, but they didn’t know it was retirement. I thank the journalists for your patience, now you’ll have less work to do without me… From tomorrow, I am a free man from this world of football. It was a long career, really long, thank you to everyone who gave me the strength, the adrenaline and the emotion to continue.

“When I woke up this morning, it was raining. I said to myself: Even God is sad today.’ Even my family didn’t know what was happening today, I felt like a zombie. I wasn’t joking, I wasn’t talking. Just three months ago, I felt panic at the idea of retirement, but today I accept it and I feel ready. A little sad, obviously.”

“People think Ibra is Superman. Well, I am Superman, but I also have a big heart. I was looking around, trying to find a face that would give me strength, but everyone was crying! I looked at the players, they were crying. The fans were crying. I looked to my wife, I thought she’ll give me the strength to keep it together, but then she was crying more than anyone.”

“I arrived with great responsibility, like a pilot guiding this team and I loved that. When I was in the USA, I did not intend to come back to Europe, but Mino convinced me. I was alone before, but I shared my life with Mino. His tragedy happened and it was never the same again. If he was here, I’d continue playing because he wanted the commission. Sorry, Mino, but it’s the truth!”

On whether there will be another Zlatan:

“Impossible, there is only one Zlatan! As a child, they compared me to Marco van Basten, but he is who he is and I am who I am. There might be similarities, but I don’t think comparisons are right. I doubt we’d find another Zlatan with my ego…”

The one major club trophy that eluded him was the Champions League, with his only European title coming with Manchester United in the shape of the 2017 Europa League.

The striker quit the national team after Euro 2016 but returned in 2021 for their unsuccessful World Cup qualifying campaign.

The Swede told the San Siro crowd after Sunday’s last game of the season for AC Milan.

“I say goodbye to football but not to you,”

“There are too many emotions for me right now. Forza Milan and goodbye,” an emotional Ibrahimovic said, holding back tears.

“The first time I came here you gave me happiness, the second time you gave me love.

“You welcomed me with open arms, you made me feel at home, I will be a Milanista for the rest of my life.”

“I used to be scared when journalists asked by about my future, but now I can accept it, I’m ready,” he told journalists after his retirement.

“I’ve been doing this all my life. Football made me a man. It allowed me to know people I otherwise would never have known. I’ve travelled the world thanks to football. It’s all thanks to football.”

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