Ibra announces retirement: “The time has come to say goodbye to football”

Zlatan Ibrahimović during Milan-Hellas Verona at Stadio San Siro on June 4, 2023. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Zlatan Ibrahimović has officially retired from football in an incredibly emotional ceremony at Stadio San Siro on Sunday evening.

An illustrious, legendary, unique, unbelievable, incredible career has come to an end: Ibra has retired from football.

The announcement came at the end of Milan’s last match of the season (3-1 win over Hellas Verona). It was known that Zlatan would leave Milan, but Ibra shocked the world, as he usually does, when he announced that he has decided to leave the world of Calcio.

Ibra took center stage at Stadio San Siro after the match, taking over the entire stadium with his aura and charisma, giving a speech as he was fighting back tears.

“So many memories and emotions inside this stadium,” he said. “The first time I arrived you gave me happiness, the second time, you gave me love. I want to thank my family and those close to me for their patience. I want to thank my second family. The players, the coach and his staff for the responsibility they gave me. I want to thank the directors for the opportunity they gave me.

“Last but not least, from my heart, I want to thank you, fans. You welcomed me with open arms and I will be a Milanista my entire life. It’s time to say goodbye to football, but not to you. It’s too difficult, there are too many emotions. I’ll see you around if you are lucky. Forza Milan and goodbye.”

Milan fans during Milan-Hellas Verona at Stadio San Siro on June 4, 2023. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Zlatan is one of the greatest players in the history of football, having played for Malmö, Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, LA Galaxy and of course – Milan. He won two Scudetti with the Rossoneri, playing an integral and key role both in 2011 and in 2022.

Ibrahimović will forever remain in the hearts of the Milan fans. He scored 93 goals in 163 appearances for the club, winning 3 trophies. There is no one like Zlatan, and there never will be.


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