2. HE HAS WON DOMESTIC
LEAGUE TITLES AT EVERY
TEAM SINCE ARRIVING AT
Every club that Zlatan has played for since Malmo has lifted the league trophy at some point during his tenure; coincidence? Unlikely. Ibrahimovic has been lethal at every team he has played for, and although all good teams, he has played a huge role in helping them to succeed and top the table. Thirteen league titles in 15 years, Zlatan has won two titles with Ajax, two with Juventus (although revoked due to the 2006 Italian Football Scandal), three with Inter Milan, one with Barcelona, one with A.C Milan and the last four with PSG. Few players in the history of the game can claim this much domestic dominance at multiple clubs. Perhaps a Premier League title will be next on his list?
3. HE HAS THE HIGHEST
COMBINED TRANSFER FEE
TOTAL IN FOOTBALL
HISTORY AT €171 MILLION
Ibrahimovic has made a number of high profile switches during his career, and this has led him to top the list when it comes to combined transfer fee totals with a staggering €171 million. He has moved from Malmo FF to Ajax (€7.8m), Ajax to Juventus (€25m), Juventus to Inter Milan (€24.8m), Inter Milan to Barcelona (€69.5m), Barcelona to A.C Milan (€24m), A.C Milan to PSG (€20m). This goes to show what a valuable asset he has been throughout his career, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the fee is higher than what it now by the time he hangs up his boots.
4. HE IS THE ONLY PLAYER
TO HAVE SCORED IN THE
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WITH
6 DIFFERENT CLUBS
Zlatan has proven how deadly he is no matter what shirt he is wearing by scoring in Europe’s greatest club competition with six different clubs. Not only does this show that he is a ruthless goal scorer that can play under different managers, but it also demonstrates that all of the top teams in Europe want him in their squad. In the Champions League he has scored for Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG. Many of these have been stunning goals, but he has never lifted the trophy. PSG will face Chelsea in the last 16, and they will need Ibrahimovic to be at his best if they are to advance.
5. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF LA LIGA (FC BARCELONA), HE HAS WON THE GOLDEN BOOT IN EVERY LEAGUE HE HAS PLAYED FOR SINCE JOINING JUVENTUS
6. HE HAS A BLACK-BELT
Being the sort of player and character he is, Ibrahimovic finds himself in quite a few arguments and fights both with the opposition and teammates. He is one player that you don’t want to get on the wrong side of however, as he became a black-belt in Taekwondo when he was 17 years old in his hometown of Malmo. He also received an honorary black-belt from the Italian Taekwondo team. His martial art abilities also help him on the pitch, as he has a phenomenal ability for acrobatic and overhead kicks despite his size, which has stunned the world with many times (with England being on the receiving end of one extraordinary goal).
7. AT THE AGE OF 10 HE
WAS USED AS A SECOND
HALF SUB AND SCORED 8
Playing for his local team FBK Balkan when he was 10 years old, Zlatan was brought on as a second half sub as his team were trailing 5-0. A very young Ibrahimovic would turn the game on its head, scoring a remarkable eight, that’s right, eight second half goals to win the game 8-5. “The Zlatan” was born and the world would soon take notice of this young Swedish footballer with sensational abilities at such a young age.
8. ZLATAN WAS BORN IN SWEDEN TO A BOSNIAN MUSLIM FATHER AND A CROATIAN CATHOLIC MOTHER
9. HE REJECTED A MOVE TO ARSENAL WHEN HE WAS A TEENAGER BECAUSE WENGER INSISTED ON A TRIAL FIRST
He was all set to move from
“Malmo” club to “Arsenal FC”.
But Ibrahimovic refused when
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted for trial; he told Wenger, “Zlatan doesn’t do trials ,”
10. IBRAHIMOVIC IS FLUENT IN SWEDISH,
BOSNIAN, ENGLISH, SPANISH AND