Say It Ain’t So! Zlatan Ibrahimović Sadly Announces Retirement From Soccer

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Andrew Powell Contributor
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We have some sad news from the world of soccer.

Zlatan Ibrahimović, who is a superstar striker for AC Milan and Sweden, sadly announced his retirement Sunday.

With his contract expiring at the end of June and no plans to extend it after a season riddled with injuries, the 41-year-old announced the end of his glorious career.

In a press conference, Ibrahimović revealed that he kept his announcement secret up until this point.

“Even my family didn’t know, because I wanted that when I announced it everyone heard it at the same time,” said Ibrahimović.

During his two spells with Milan, Ibrahimović tallied 93 goals in 163 appearances. Last season, he helped Milan win the Serie A championship, which is the second league trophy that he won with Rossoneri. In total for both club and country, Ibrahimović scored 561 goals. In international play, he’s Sweden’s all-time top scorer with 62 goals (121 matches).

He played for multiple sexy brands throughout his career, including Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Ajax Amsterdam, Milan, Inter Milan and LA Galaxy.

By the way, I love how Zlatan gave us this gem (in typical Zlatan fashion) during his announcement:

I still remember the first time I ever heard of Zlatan:

I’ve been in love with him ever since. (RELATED: Patrick Kane Undergoes Hip Resurfacing Surgery, Will Need 4-6 Months To Recover)

You’re going to be truly missed, Zlatan! Enjoy retirement!