One of football’s best players and most ferocious individuals is Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Throughout his brilliant career, the great Swedish attacker left his imprint in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France, England, and even America.
The Manchester United forward formally announced his retirement on Sunday, after a phenomenal 24 years in the game.
He stayed at Old Trafford for little under two seasons and soon won over the support of the crowd. In particular, his two goals for the Reds in the 2017 League Cup final helped them win the trophy.
Luke Shaw described Zlatan as “amazing” in a club media interview from back in January.
“He was amazing, and not just in terms of football; I believe everyone is aware of the type of player he was.
“It was clear why he had so much success. He was born to succeed. Every game we played, whether it was on the field during games or in training, he would always want to win.
But he was also hysterically humorous when you spoke to him off the field; he was truly so entertaining. He was a terrific guy to be around, and all the guys here adored him. Everyone was really amused by him.”
Marcus Rashford, who concluded the 2022–23 campaign as United’s leading scorer with 30 goals, attributes ‘The Lion’ with helping him develop as a player.
Marcus remarked that “his mentality was beyond anything I’d ever played with before.”
He didn’t give a damn about what people thought of him or would say about him.
“He was essential to my development in terms of mentality,” I said.