Zlatan Ibrahimovic: The next chapter for legendary striker

Zlatan Ibrahimovic needs no introduction. A serial winner with 31 trophies, with goals in Holland, Italy, Spain, France, England and America, he is a modern day footballing legend. The epitome of a journeyman, the Swede has now ended his time in the US. 53 goals and 14 assists in 58 games for LA Galaxy, Zlatan defies logic. The phrase ‘like a fine wine’ could not be more appropriate.

Now 38 years old and still playing like he’s 27, the story is not over yet for the striker. Far from it in fact. There has been large speculation over the former PSG forward’s next club. Manchester United have ruled out resigning the Malmo youth product, according to the Daily Mail. Borussia Dortmund have been linked to his signature (BILD via News.am) . But the most likely destination for Ibrahimovic looks to be a return to Italy.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Calciomercato are reporting former club AC Milan want to re-sign the Swedish international. Ibra, who scored 56 goals in 85 appearances for the Rossoneri, has also been linked to Bologna. Corriere dello Sport have gone as far to say they are favourites to sign the former Manchester United forward. With Ibra’s wages, I find this hard to believe. If anyone can afford to sign him, it would be Milan.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Hunger

Yet Zlatan has proven he’s not in it for money. Why leave the MLS if he wanted to make the most money? Or even, why not move to China? The man has the elite mentality that comes with being a serial winner. If he’s going to bow out of football, he wants to do it in style. I have no doubt he’ll try and finish his career in one of Europe’s top five leagues.

Furthermore, it’s not like the club who will sign him, are signing him BECAUSE it’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It’s because the former Juventus attacker is still a goal scorer. He arrived in arguably the toughest league in the world in 2016 as a 35 year old. Everyone wrote him off. But Ibrahimovic did what he does best: score goals. 28 in 46 appearances to be precise.

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He’s a divisive character with his brash persona, boundless arrogance and massive ego. But Zlatan Ibrahimovic delivers on the pitch. The Italian capital looks like his most likely destination. I personally would like to see him in the Bundesliga with Die Borussen. New league, new team. He could galvanise them on and off the pitch, to help a talented side achieve more. We’ll wait and see which team Zlatan picks…

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