According to France’s Foot Mercato, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to leave AC Milan when his current contract expires in June 2023. AC Milan are said to have no intention of extending the 41-year-old’s contract. At that time, the Swedish striker was forced to find a new destination.
Ibra has only played 4 matches in Serie A this season, participating in a total of 144 minutes due to frequent struggles with injuries. However, the former MU striker left his mark with the record of the oldest player to score in the history of the Italian league (41 years, 166 days).
On March 19, Ibra also set a record as the oldest player to carry the AC Milan captaincy in Serie A. He scored this match but the host team lost to Udinese with a score of 1-3.
Ibra said he underwent 3 surgeries in 14 months but at one point, his knee injury did not improve. However, the Swedish striker did not give up football: “The challenge gives me adrenaline. I never give up.”
Ibra announced his retirement from international competition after EURO 2016. However, he quickly withdrew his decision in 2021 in the context of the green and yellow team playing poorly in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
However, the return of the former MU striker could not help Sweden get tickets to Qatar. They lost to Poland 0-2 in the European play-off final. The Milan striker was then called up to the Sweden squad for two EURO 2024 qualifying matches in March. He was given a chance in the home team’s 3-0 defeat to Belgium.
When asked if he will compete in the EURO 2024 final, Ibra replied: “It is too early to talk about that. I try to enjoy playing football every day, living for the present, the past and the future.”
Xiaofeng | 09:27 04/08/2023