Zlatan Ibrahimović returns to the European stage

7 January 2020

At the age of 38, Zlatan Ibrahimović boasts an illustrious career throughout world football. The Swede has now made a return to the San Siro, sporting the red and black of AC Milan on a short-term contract spanning for the remainder of the Serie A season.

Ibrahimović was in search of a new club after departing MLS outfit LA Galaxy. An impressive spell in the US saw the veteran sharpshooter notch a remarkable 53 goals in 58 appearances at the California club. 

Zlatan returns to the Italian capital after an eight-year absence from the San Siro, where his prolific goalscoring record has branded him as one of the world’s best. The 38-year-old made his debut at the San Siro during the Milan’s side 0-0 stalemate against Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria.

Beginning his career in his home country of Sweden, showing out for Malmö, Ibra became influential in the side’s resurgence back into the top-flight of Swedish football.

Quickly snapped up by Dutch giants Ajax, he made his name under the supervision of Ronald Koeman, recording 48 goals with the Godenzonen and lifting five titles at the Amsterdam Arena.

In 2004, Zlatan’s European journey continued as he turned out for Juventus and Inter Milan. Crowned twice top goal scorer in the Serie A and three-time player of year of Italy’s top division, boasting years of Italian pedigree.

Featuring last at the San Siro in 2010, Ibrahimović notched 56 goals in 85 appearances for the Rossoneri, contributing to the seven-time European cup winners’ 18th Serie A title in 2011.

The Swedish giant recorded his most illustrious goalscoring record during his move to the French capital to join Paris Saint-Germain in the Summer of 2012.

The former Parisians sharpshooter became the first man to score for six clubs in the Champions League. In four seasons at the French side, he celebrated 12 trophies, which included winning the domestic quadruple twice. Ibrahimović found the net 156 times during his stay with the Paris outfit, netting 50 goals in his last campaign before a move to English giants Manchester United.

Zlatan registered two seasons in the Premier League with United, making 53 appearances and scoring 29 goals. The former Swedish international was instrumental in the Manchester side’s League Cup and Europa League triumphs during his two-year stay at José Mourinho’s United.

The veteran returns to Europe to hopefully revitalise AC Milan’s strike force, the San Siro side have lacked in attack this season with Krzysztof Piątek failing to reach heights of last campaign.