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  • Writer's pictureChristos Davos

Sports Stories: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic told his friends on Sunday night in Milan and to football fans in general that his career at the club that offered so much has come to an end and as he himself pointed out "They usually say that you become a legend when you die. I, however, am already a living legend. I was born old, I will die young. I have never been better. I feel better than ever. Everything is in the mind. You are as young and as fresh as you feel. And that's something I proved this year. Age is a simple number. You're as young as you think you are."

On October 3, 1981, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was born in Malmö, Sweden to a Bosnian father and a Croatian mother. In fact, as he typically states, "We were looking in the drawers and cupboards for food and we only found beers", as life at home was very difficult with his father facing problems with alcohol and he himself found a way out in football. cope with the daily problems he experienced.

In the following years they find him as a youngster in Malmö where due to his special and dynamic character, it is said that the parents of the children collected signatures to leave the team. However, his talent stood out and at 19 he became Ajax's most expensive player up to that time, as the Dutch paid nine euros to acquire him.

The continuation is known, as titles followed with teams such as Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Los Angeles Galaxy and last stop again Milan. His overall stats show that he scored 573 goals in 987 games and won 14 championships with the teams that competed, while working with the biggest names in coaching, such as Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.

However, to achieve all this and to maintain for more than two decades at the top of professional football another sport helped him. The reason for Taekwondo whose moves we saw him do and score unique goals. He may be 41 years old, but according to the measurements he is the third fastest footballer in the Italian league.

Now, Zlatan who withdrew from the public eye and as he emphasized in his farewell speech "People think that Ibra is Superman. Yes, he is Superman, but I also have a big heart and feelings. Thanks to the media for their patience, now you will have less work to do without me. I am now free from football. If a long career, really very long and I thank everyone who gave me strength, adrenaline and passion to continue."

While on how he could characterize his career, he himself gave the answer for the way he fought and the mark he left on football saying: "Lions don't compare themselves to people."

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