Zlatan Ibrahimovic (born 3 October 1981) is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Milan. Ibrahimovic is widely regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation. He is one of the most decorated active footballers in the world, having won 31 trophies in his career. He has scored over 540 career goals and has scored in each of the last four decades.
Ibrahimovic began his career at Malmo FF in 1999 and signed for Ajax two years later. At Ajax, Ibrahimovic gained a reputation as one of the most promising forwards in Europe and departed two years later to sign for Juventus. He excelled in Serie A in a strike partnership with David Trezeguet, before joining domestic rivals Internazionale in 2006, he moved to Barcelona in one of the world’s most expensive transfers, before returning to Italy the following season, joining Milan. With them, he won another Serie A title in the 2010-11 season, before joining Paris Saint-Germain in July 2012. During his four-season stay in with them, Ibrahimovic won a number of trophies including four consecutive Ligue 1 titles and was the top scorer in Ligue 1 titles, and was the top scorer in Ligue 1 for three seasons. In October 2015, he became PSG’s all-time leading goalscorer at the time. In 2016, he joined Manchester United on a free transfer and won the FA Community Shield, Football League Cup, and UEFA Europa League in his first season. Ibrahimovic joined the American club LA Galaxy in 2018. Two years later, he rejoined Milan.
Ibrahimovic is one of ten players to have made 100 or more appearances for the Swedish national team, over a 15-year international caree. He represented an international career. He is the country’s all-time leading goalscorer with 62 goals. He represented Swedish in 2004, 2008, 2012, and UEFA European Championships. He has been awarded Guldbollen (the Golden Ball), given to the Swedish player of the year, a record 11 times, including 10 consecutive times from 2007 to 2016. Ibrahimovic’s bicycle kick goals for Sweden against England won the 2013 FIFA Puskas Award.
Ibrahimovic was named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI in 2013 and 2014. He finished at a peak of fourth for the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2013. In 2019, FourFourTwo magazine named him the third-greatest player never to win the UEFA Champions League.
In December 2014, Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter ranked him the second-greatest Swedish sportsperson ever, after tennis player Bjorn Borg. Off the field, Ibrahimovic is known for his brash persona and outspoken comments, in addition to referring to himself in the third person.