It’s been about a year since the high Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic graced the field.
His absence has not gone unnoticed, and the football world is wondering if we are witnessing the beginning of the end.
Ibrahimovic was one of football’s brightest talents, reaching the highest echelons of the game in a brilliant career with few flaws.
While of Zlatan football career may be coming to an end, a future off the pitch in Milan is entirely possible.
Zlatan last scored for the Rossoneri on 9 January 2022 against Venezia, taking his tally for the club to 92 goals in 159 games.
His latest goal means Ibrahimovic has scored against 80 different teams in Europe’s Big Five leagues.
equaling the record set by another striker, Cristiano Ronaldo, just a month earlier. To date, no other player has achieved this record.
Ibrahimovic’s impressive longevity puts him on par with legends like Totti and Ryan Giggs. The Swede spent 23 calendar years in the top division for the national team, starting in 1999, with a brief break in 2000 when he played for the Swedish B team.
A new act
However, time seems to have stopped for the charismatic striker.
No goals, no performances and there is very little chance that Milan will extend his contract with him.
The Rossoneri can no longer use Ibrahimovic’s talent on the pitch. However, given his wide popularity, he may be approached for the role of ambassador.
The future beckons
We’ve already seen the side effects of the star’s association with the club in Ronaldo-Al-Nasr partnership.
Zlatan is a heavyweight in his own right, he has almost 58 million followers on Instagram, dwarfing AC Milan’s 12 million. The Swedish striker has a cult following of fans who are fascinated by his humour, antics and episodes off the pitch. An avalanche of lucrative sponsorship and advertising opportunities is sure to come his way.
Like Ronaldo, Zlatan is also a passionate entrepreneur who built new padel courts in Milan. The city is a thriving center for sports and entertainment, and that’s one more reason for an ambitious Swede to explore its options.
The curtain call on Ibrahimovic’s career and his time in San Siro he may be falling, but his life after football is constantly growing.