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    Zlatan Ibrahimovic Retires From Football

    Big Ego: When Arrogance is Virtuous.


    Zlatan Ibrahimović: “I did not tell anyone I was leaving football. I just told the club we had to do something for the last game, but they didn’t know it was retirement. I thank the journalists for your patience, now you’ll have less work to do without me… From tomorrow, I am a free man from this world of football. It was a long career, really long, thank you to everyone who gave me the strength, the adrenaline and the emotion to continue.

    “When I woke up this morning, it was raining. I said to myself: Even God is sad today.’ Even my family didn’t know what was happening today, I felt like a zombie. I wasn’t joking, I wasn’t talking. Just three months ago, I felt panic at the idea of retirement, but today I accept it and I feel ready. A little sad, obviously.”

    “People think Ibra is Superman. Well, I am Superman, but I also have a big heart. I was looking around, trying to find a face that would give me strength, but everyone was crying! I looked at the players, they were crying. The fans were crying. I looked to my wife, I thought she’ll give me the strength to keep it together, but then she was crying more than anyone.”

    “I arrived with great responsibility, like a pilot guiding this team and I loved that. When I was in the USA, I did not intend to come back to Europe, but Mino convinced me. I was alone before, but I shared my life with Mino. His tragedy happened and it was never the same again. If he was here, I’d continue playing because he wanted the commission. Sorry, Mino, but it’s the truth!”

    On whether there will be another Zlatan:

    “Impossible, there is only one Zlatan! As a child, they compared me to Marco van Basten, but he is who he is and I am who I am. There might be similarities, but I don’t think comparisons are right. I doubt we’d find another Zlatan with my ego…”

    Me: I love Zlatan till kingdom come.

    What you hate him for is exactly why we love him. We can’t all be conformists. I think God does drop such characters into the mix to spice things up from time to time.

    Ibrahimović is exceptional in an exceptional way. His sense of self awareness is legendary.

    That he is retiring at 41, as a striker, who is 6,5 tall is what legends are made of. That height even for a non sports person is a disadvantage because it does not guarantee longevity.

    Few got to that height in the game.

    Infact he is the oldest striker playing at a top level league in the world.

    Well known for his acrobatic strikes and volleys, powerful long-range shots, and excellent technique and ball control.

    He is regarded as one of the greatest strikers of all time and is one of the most decorated footballers in the world, having won 34 trophies in his career..

    He has scored over 570 career goals, including more than 500 club goals, and has scored in each of the last four decades.

    He was named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI in 2013 and the UEFA Team of the Year in 2007, 2009, 2013 and 2014.

    He finished at a peak of fourth for the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2013. In 2015, UEFA included him as one of the best players that have not won the UEFA Champions League, while in 2019, FourFourTwo magazine named him the third-greatest player never to win the competition.

    In December 2014, Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter ranked him the second-greatest Swedish sportsperson ever, after tennis player Björn Borg.

    His brash persona and outspoken comments has attracted both cult following like us and haters like them.

    Another aspect of his enigmatic life is that he has consistently referred to himself in the third person.

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