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Barcelona Pays Emotional Tribute to Retiring Forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Video
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic called time on his illustrious career at the age of 41
- The mighty Swedish striker played 46 competitive games for Barcelona
- Ibrahimovic played for some of Europe’s top clubs including Juventus
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s superb playing career came to an end last Sunday when he announced his retirement at the San Siro Stadium, after the final game of the 2022/23 Serie A season.
In a fitting result, AC Milan overcame Hellas Verona 3-1 while he watched from the stands.
The Swedish striker hung up his boots at 41 years old, having scored 573 goals in 988 games for his different clubs and his country's national team.
Ibrahimovic played for many major European clubs including FC Barcelona, which he joined from Inter Milan in the summer of 2009.
He ended up playing 45 competitive games in the 2009/10 season, scoring 21 goals and winning the Spanish Super Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, the Club World Cup, and the La Liga title, per Transfermarkt.
After completing the 2010/2011 pre-season and scoring in a second Spanish Super Cup win against Sevilla (3-1), Ibrahimovic returned to the Italian city, but this time to play for AC Milan.
In addition to Barcelona, Inter Milan, and AC Milan, Ibra also featured for Malmö, Ajax Amsterdam, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, and LA Galaxy in the MLS.
United pay tribute to Ibrahimovic
The superstar spent just two years at Old Trafford after being brought to the club by then-manager, Jose Mourinho in 2016, but evidently enjoyed his time in the Premier League.
Ibrahimovic won the Community Shield, the Carabao Cup, and the Europa League during his spell at Old Trafford before his contract was terminated ahead of a move to America.
Manchester United joined well-wishers in celebrating Ibrahimovic's career, posting on Twitter:
"A distinguished career for a man like no other. Congratulations on everything you've achieved and all the best in your retirement."
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The Swedish star responded by retweeting the post along with three heart emojis, as United supporters joined in with tributes to their former striker.
Ibrahimovic scored 29 goals in 53 appearances for the club, most notably bagging the winning goal in the League Cup final win over Southampton in 2017.
Eto'o pays tribute to Ibrahimovic
Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Cameroonian legend, Samuel Eto'o paying tribute to Ibrahimovic, who announced his retirement at the end of the season.
The two legendary footballers spent years playing against each other, with the Cameroonian part of a deal that saw the Swede move to Barcelona in 2009.