Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Swedish International football player has revealed the last time he cried as a professional football player.
Ibrahimovic has been called back to the Sweden National team by coach Janne Andersson after a long absence from the squad.
Sweden head coach Andersson revealed that the current AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be rejoining the team for upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Belgium and Azerbaijan.
However, the former Manchester United and Barcelona player has recalled the time he shed tears in his career.
The last time the former Paris Saint Germain cried was when Malmo FF refused to pay him, according to the Swedish icon.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic said; “the last time I cried was when I didn’t receive my paycheck and wages from Malmo FF”.
He added; “I wrote to the League board and ask them to deduct every three points that I earn for Malmo FF.
“The board said my money was being paid to my parents because I was too young by law to receive an official salary”.
The 41-year-old stated that; “I told the league board that I was too young to be the top scorer and win Malmo a league title by law, so they must be given my three points till I am older enough.
“The next day my money was transferred to my account. I am older than the law”.
Zlatan, the unquestioned star of the Swedish team, began his professional career in 1999 with Malmo FF, where he scored 16 goals in 40 league matches throughout two and a half seasons.
He signed with Ajax in July 2001 and spent the next three seasons there, scoring 35 goals in 74 league games and helping the team to the 2002 Dutch league title.
Before joining Inter Milan in August 2006, he spent two seasons with Italian powerhouse Juventus, where he scored 23 goals in the league.
Over the next three years, Zlatan amassed 57 goals in the league and led his team to three consecutive Serie A championships.
During the 2008/2009 season, he departed to play for Barcelona in Spain.
He spent just one season at Barcelona but helped them win the La Liga championship with 16 goals in league play before he was loaned back to AC Milan for the 2010-11 Italian season.
Zlatan secured a permanent agreement with the club in the summer of 2011, and they won another league title that season.
Over a remarkable eight-year stretch from 2004 to 2011, Zlatan played for teams that won the League.
These teams included Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, and AC Milan.
In July 2012, he arrived at PSG, a Ligue 1 club. Since then, he and his French team have won four straight championships, and he was with them when Sweden called him up for the 2016 European Championship.
On January 2001, Zlatan made his debut for Serbia’s national team against the Faroe Islands.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is now 41 years old, says that he is living in the moment but that he may still be the ‘future’ of Swedish football.
After suffering a long-term anterior cruciate ligament injury that has kept him out of action, the 41-year-old played his last international match for his country in 2022, a loss to Poland in a World Cup qualifying playoff.
After the 2016 Euro, Ibrahimovic stepped away from international duties, only to return in 2021 for the disastrous World Cup qualifications.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 62 goals in 121 career games for Sweden, making him the country’s all-time leading scorer.
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