Zlatan Ibrahimovic turns 38 years old today, so let’s take a moment to celebrate the career of a true modern-day great.
Born in Malmo, Sweden, on 3 October 1981, Zlatan began his career with his local professional club before moving to Ajax in 2001. After scoring 48 goals in 110 games for the Dutch giants, Zlatan sealed a move to Juventus - the first of three Italian clubs that he played for during his illustrious career.
He then moved on to Inter, then Barcelona, and then AC Milan before becoming Paris Saint-Germain’s marquee signing in 2012.
Like a fine wine, Zlatan seemed to get better and better with age. He scored a magnificent 156 goals in 180 games for PSG before signing for Manchester United, where he netted 28 goals in his debut campaign - a huge feat in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.
The Swede, who scored 62 goals in 116 appearances for his country, has spent the past two seasons with LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer and currently has a remarkable 51 goals to his name from just 55 games.
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In 785 career appearances for nine different clubs, Zlatan has bagged 472 goals - and some of them have been absolutely insane.
Ibra is not just a great goalscorer, he’s also a scorer of great goals - and we thought we’d take a look back at some of his most outrageous strikes.
Let’s start with his Ajax days.
Here are four of Zlatan’s most incredible goals from his time in Holland. That final goal is legendary.
Those of a certain age will remember his flying back-heeled goal for Sweden against Italy at the 2002 World Cup.
When he almost broke the net with one of the most ferocious free-kicks during his Inter days.
The best goal of his career (probably) against England. He scored four that day and they were all beauties - but this was otherworldly.
A first-time beauty while playing for PSG v Caen.
This unbelievable first-time hit against Anderlecht. The power on that!
A no-look back-heeled volley.
Stop that, Zlatan!
And the 500th goal of his professional career (for club and country) last September was similarly outrageous.
Zlatan, we salute you!
Here’s to many more years of scoring utterly ridiculous goals.News Now - Sport News