Zlatan Ibrahimovic called time on his Sweden career on Wednesday night following his national team’s Euro 2016 exit.
The 34-year-old scored an impressive 62 goals in 116 appearances for Sweden over a 15-year period but announced on Tuesday that Euro 2016 would be his final international tournament. He will not represent his country at the Olympics in Rio this summer, despite reports claiming otherwise.
Zlatan’s international career didn’t end in the blaze of glory he would have hoped for, although he did score a brilliant goal which, sadly, was disallowed because his boot was too high. (Scroll down this page to watch the goal).
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Ibrahimovic failed to score at Euro 2016 - none on his teammates managed to get themselves on the scoresheet, either, for that matter - although he did provide the cross that led to Sweden’s only goal of the tournament against the Republic of Ireland.
That 1-1 draw resulted in Sweden’s sole point of the tournament. In truth, Erik Hamren’s side lacked the quality required to make an impact at this summer’s European Championships.
Video: Zlatan's disallowed goal v Belgium
Zlatan still enjoyed Euro 2016
However, Zlatan insists he enjoyed the overall experience.
"It's heavy, it's disappointing, but at the same time I enjoyed it," Ibrahimovic was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "We got the possibility to play at the Euros and represent Sweden.
"I have many fantastic memories from the national team."
Hamren pays tribute to Zlatan
Hamren, meanwhile, described Ibrahimovic as a “unique” player.
"In a small country like Sweden, you will not find another player like him,” the 58-year-old commented. “He's really, really unique."
On Sweden’s overall performance at Euro 2016, Hamren was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: “I’m very disappointed. We were talking before the game about the honour of representing Sweden and of being here, but I couldn't have asked for much more from my players. I'm proud of them, even though we lost.
“I hoped Zlatan would have had a better finish. The same goes for (Andreas) Isaksson and (Kim) Kallstrom, who have performed well for a long time and are also ending their Sweden careers.”
Zlatan now set to join Man Utd
Zlatan will now, if reports from are accurate, complete his move to Manchester United following his decision to leave Paris Saint-Germain.
The powerful striker, who scored a remarkable 50 goals in all competitions for PSG this season, will sign a one-year deal with the Red Devils having already agreed personal terms.
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