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Name Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Spelling Zlatan Ibrahimović
Gender Male
Ethnic Swedish
Job Swedish Footballer

Affiliation

Org Swedish National Team
Club as Player La Galaxy
  Paris Saint-Germain
  Inter Milan
  Manchester United
  Barcelona FC

Relationship

Agent Mino Raiola

2013 08 31 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic responds to being asked why he doesn’t have a moniker like fellow Ligue 1 strikers Edinson Cavani (El Matador) and Radamel Falcao (El Tigre)] Why don’t I have a nickname? To be scared of me, you just have to see me play!

2013 09 14 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Jose Mourinho] He dragged things out of me that no other coach had done before. When I was playing under him, I was feeling like a terminator. I was so confident in my game. From being a cat I felt like a lion

2013 11 23 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic following Sweden’s failure to reach Brazil 2014] One thing is for sure: a World Cup without me is not worth watching

2013 11 30 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the FIFA Ballon d’Or] I do not need to win this trophy to know I am the best

2013 12 30 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on his childhood] I wasn’t hungry, I was very hungry. I stole many bikes. I also stole cars. That was how we got by. We did those things on adrenaline, motivation. I came from Rosengard. In Sweden it’s considered a ghetto, but for me it was paradise

2013 12 31 Retrieve

[Certainly, nobody was laughing after Ibrahimovic airs his views on the fairer sex and football] With all respect for what the ladies have done, and they’ve done it fantastically well, you can’t compare men’s and women’s football. Give it up, it’s not even funny.

2013 12 31b Retrieve

[Ibra underlines that the game’s biggest tournament will be a poorer place for the absence of the game’s biggest mouth] One thing is for sure, a World Cup without me is nothing to watch, so it is not worthwhile to wait for the World Cup

2013 12 31c Retrieve

[Zlatan proves with this wonderful exchange with a reporter ahead of his nation’s World Cup playoff against the Seleccao that while he might not be the Messiah, he is a very arrogant man] Who’ll win between Portugal and Sweden? Only God knows …. It’s difficult to ask Him…No, you’re talking to Him now.

2013 12 31d Retrieve

[Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic reveals that his former fashion icon of a teammate is not so cool after all] We were looking through his playlist in the dressing room - there was lots of Justin Bieber, Jonas Brothers and Selena Gomez … It is nice to know that even David Beckham doesn’t have good taste in everything

2014 02 23 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on being asked what it felt like to score a screamer with his weaker foot against Bayer Leverkusen] I don’t have a weaker foot

2014 09 06 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on becoming Sweden’s all-time leading goalscorer, surpassing Sven Rydell’s previous record of 49 goals set in 1932] I’m glad it’s done. It means a lot to me and my whole family, and everyone around me. I think the nicest goal is the one against England. Nothing beats it. But all goals are important because they have helped me get the record

2014 09 13 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic after becoming Sweden’s all-time record scorer] I knew that I’d beat the record. I think I deserve it. It’s a wonderful feeling, but I am certain I’ll score many more goals for Sweden and PSG. I became a top scorer when I met Capello. When he was at Juventus he showed me a video of Marco van Basten’s best goals and said, ‘You have to do it like that.’ I was young and learned so much from that anthology of football. From that day, I started scoring like the greats. Plus, you’ve seen nothing yet

2015 01 10 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on finishing runner-up to Bjorn Borg in Sweden’s greatest all-time sportsman] He is a cool person and a living legend. But finishing second is like finishing last. With respect to the others, I should have been first, second, third, fourth and fifth

2015 02 07 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic following on the Paris Saint-Germain fans following their win over Rennes] I am disappointed by the boos. We played well, we won. We don’t understand what these guys want. Whether we win or we lose, they boo us. Maybe they are in the habit of eating caviar before they come to see us

2015 02 14 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on his next target after getting a statue of himself in a Paris museum] The next step? I don’t know… Maybe replacing the Eiffel Tower with an Ibrahimovic statue…

2015 03 13 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the Chelsea players’ reaction to his red-card-prompting tackle on Oscar] It felt like I had 11 babies around me

2015 08 23 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on his father] My father wanted me to be a lawyer but I had a hard time seeing myself as a lawyer. But I’m a huge UFC fan, so probably something within the UFC or martial arts. I would see myself good in that

2015 10 11 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic reveals his admiration for England’s top goalscorer Wayne Rooney] These great players, they have their moments over one to three years but to continue over five years, for ten years the way Wayne Rooney has done is not easy. It’s pressure everyday playing for a big team. He runs a lot, he fights a lot, he sacrifices a lot. When he played with Cristiano Ronaldo all the work was done by Wayne Rooney but he didn’t get the credit because Ronaldo was scoring all of the goals

2015 10 17 Retrieve

[An ever-so-humble Zlatan Ibrahimovic after recently turning 34-years-old] I’m still here doing what I have to do and doing it better and better. I’m like a fine wine that gets better with age

2015 11 10 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] We were looking through his playlist in the dressing room – there was lots of Justin Bieber, Jonas Brothers and Selena Gomez. We were expecting some cool English rock bands and hip hop. It is nice to know that even David Beckham doesn’t have good taste in everything

2015 11 11 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] As a footballer it is important to be yourself and live your life – not to live in a bubble, not enjoying your life. That is what I admire about Beckham. The attention that follows him, is not easy to live out your life. But he does it. I even told him that I admired him because he brings his children to surfing, to the park. I felt sometimes I would stay at home, because I want to be left alone. But after I saw him, he brought me off the couch and he motivated me to take my family out and do these things. If he can do it, then me, someone with 10% of his attention, can do it

2015 11 12 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] As a person, he is amazing. He was shy in the beginning, for the first two months. But after that I really got to know him and we had a fantastic time. Everybody knows him as a footballer. You read a lot about him, you hear a lot about him. When you meet the real person, I have only positive things to say. The person who has negative things to say is either jealous or hates him. Because there are no negative things to say about him – that is my view

2015 11 14 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the prospect of representing Sweden at the UEFA EURO 2016 in France next summer] I would love to play at the European Championship in France. I have played there for four years. I have put Sweden on the world map and now I have put France on the world map too

2015 11 21 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic after defeating Denmark in the play-offs to send Sweden to UEFA EURO 2016] They said they were going to send me to retirement. I sent their whole nation into retirement

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[on Patrick Vieira] For me, [Patrick] Vieira, is one of the best players I ever played with. The guy was a monster when I played and he [taught] me a lot outside and inside the pitch

2016 02 13 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] When I got to know him, he was amazing. He dragged things out of me that no other coach had done before. When I played I felt like a terminator, I felt so confident under him. When he had his talk before the game, he made you feel from being a cat to like a lion. When I came out I was so confident in my game. The way he was, the personality he had, we just clicked. There was no question of arguing with him. Everything was flowing in a positive way. I felt much better as a footballer in my mind and in the way I was playing

2016 02 14 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] Jose Mourinho is a big star … he’s cool. The first time he met (my wife) he whispered to her: ‘Helena you have only one mission. Feed Zlatan, let him sleep, keep him happy”‘ The guy says what he wants. I like him

2016 02 15 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] He formed an attachment to me even before we met. He would become a guy I was basically willing to die for. I felt increasingly that this guy gives everything for the team, so I want to give everything for him. It was a quality he had. People were willing to kill for him

2016 02 20 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaking to the English press in the mixed zone after Paris Saint-Germain’s UEFA Champions League win over Chelsea] I have another three months here and, then, what will happen? Big things will happen

2016 03 19 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic after leading the club to its fourth consecutive Ligue 1 title in record-setting fashion] For the moment, I will not be at PSG next season. I still have a month and a half left here. If they replace the Eiffel Tower with a statue of me [I would stay]

2016 04 09 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic when asked if he would like to follow on from Cristiano Ronaldo by having a film made about him and, subsequently, who he would like to see play him on screen] Anything is possible, we will have to see. [But] Nobody can play Zlatan

2016 05 14 Tweets

[Zlatan c’s tweet got the entire football world speculating on the Sweden forward’s future] My last game tomorrow at Parc des Princes. I came like a king, left like a legend

2016 05 28 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic explains that his next destination, having left Paris Saint-Germain, is already decided, but he will be keeping the rest of us in the dark a little longer] The future is already written. I have made my choice. I enjoy reading what the media write. It’s fun

2016 06 11 Retrieve

[Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic opens up about his family life and shares his dreams for his children ahead of EURO 2016] Beckham is a cool guy. I look up to him. It is not easy to be him. He has a family, but outside he is a machine. I keep them (his family) outside of all this. I don’t want them to live my life. My boys will not live in my shadow. They will become better than me. They train. But I judge hard. I care about discipline and respect. They need to learn the principles. I just hope they become two ninjas

2016 06 25 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic posting a farewell letter on his Facebook page after retiring from international football] I came from this place people call ‘ghetto Rosengård’, conquered Sweden and made it my country. My way. I am Sweden. A huge thank you to the Swedish people - without you I would never have been able to fulfil my dreams. You will always be in my blue and yellow heart. I love you.

2016 06 30 Tweet

[In a style typical of the recently retired Swedish international, ​Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced his move to Manchester United before the English Premier League club made the news official] Time to let the world know. My next destination is @ManUtd

2016 07 18 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic has responded to Eric Cantona’s claim that he cannot be the king of Manchester]</b> I admire Cantona. And I heard what he said. But I won’t be King of Manchester. I will be God of Manchester

2016 08 05 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic told he’s relishing linking up with his ‘perfect partner’ in attack, Wayne Rooney] I said many years ago the perfect partner for a striker is Wayne Rooney. He works not only for himself but for the striker and the whole team. I’m absolutely happy to be one of the guys beside him. I think he’s had a fantastic career.

2016 08 13 Retrieve

[Manchester United new boy Zlatan Ibrahimovic warns not to confuse his confidence for arrogance] People have the image of me that I’m a bad boy; I’m this and I’m that. People are curious: ‘How is this Zlatan?’ I’m a family guy. I’m taking care of my family, but when I come on the pitch I’m a lion. That’s the big difference. I don’t believe I’m arrogant in the way that people think. I’m confident. I believe in myself. That’s not being arrogant. That’s something I believe is an individual strength in the human being. I have confidence and I believe in myself. I have a vision and I do everything. I work hard for it. I don’t believe that’s arrogant

2016 09 17 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic says exciting prospect Marcus Rashford’s time will come] First of all, he’s 18, he’s still young. He has a lot of time. I think the way you have to approach a player like that, where everyone is talking about the talent and what he’s able to do and what kind of potential he has, is to remember he still has a lot of time. It’s not like he needs to take over the world today, the club knows that, the coach knows that and the team knows that. We know his quality and what he’s able to do. What the world is seeing now, we already know because we see it every day. There is no need to rush to push him and put him in the heat zone and put a lot of pressure on him because that can have the opposite effect. Time by time, he will take over everything. It’s about having patience. I’ll help him every day, him and all the others, in any way I can. I’m happy it gives an effect but, even if I was not here, they would still do good

2016 11 12 Retrieve

[Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts when told by a reporter that he scored the 25,000 goal in Premier League history, after United’s 3-1 win at Swansea City] I thought only I scored 25,000?

2017 01 14 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaks about his strong start to the Premier League season] I have no individual targets because that I did already, after three months in England. After I conquered England – it took three months!

2017 02 18 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic compares himself with the fictional archaeologist] Every trophy for me is incredible, everywhere I came I won so if I can win something here, I will be super happy. People that know me know that I play in many clubs and I try to do my best. Wherever I went, I won - so I am like Indiana Jones

2017 04 08 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic tells why he does not consider himself one of the best goalscorers in the English Premier League] For me, I like a striker that makes the difference. Romero Lukaku is strong, he’s more the physical player that scores a lot of goals. Sergio Aguero, he’s good. Lions, they don’t compare themselves with humans

2017 04 15 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaks after scoring in his side’s 3-0 win over Sunderland] I feel like Benjamin Button. I was born old and I will die young

2017 04 29 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic posts about his knee injury on Instagram] I will go through this like everything else and come back even stronger. So far, I played with one leg so it shouldn’t be any problem. One thing is for sure, I decide when it’s time to stop and nothing else. Giving up is not an option. See you soon

2017 08 26 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaks after re-signing with Manchester United] I come back to finish what I started. There were a couple of teams reaching out who wanted to have Ibra-cadabra in their team … but I had such a great year with United. We had a great season, we won three trophies, fantastic guys, a great club, a coach that I know from before and my family was happy. It’s not always about the sporting thing you chose when you sign for a club

2017 09 16 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic gives an update on his knee injury] The knee is almost there. I want everybody to have patience, and when I come back, the world will know

2018 03 10 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaves the door open for a possible return to the Swedish national team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia] We’ll see, it’s a tough question. I want to feel that I can perform and give back. I don’t want to come just because I’m somebody. The door isn’t closed for anything. I miss the national team. When you’ve played in the national team for 20 years and then you’re not in it anymore, and you see the others playing in the national team, it’s tough. It’s tough in general, when you think that I’m injured and not playing. I want to play, with the club team, with the national team, it’s the same thing. They [the Swedish national team] have done a good job. I don’t think anyone needs to call. If I want to, I’m there, that’s how it is. But one thing at a time. When I can do what I want to, I’ll have other thoughts

2018 03 24 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic talks about his move from Manchester United to the Los Angeles Galaxy] Coming to play in the United States, it is only fitting for me to join the most successful team in Major League Soccer, the LA Galaxy

2018 03 31 Retrieve

[Newly-signed Los Angeles Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic during his official presentation press conference] I feel young. I feel like Benjamin Button. I was born old, and I will die young

2018 04 21 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Jimmy Kimmel Live] I’m going to the World Cup, yes. I just said I’m going to the World Cup. If I say more, people will hang me so I have to be careful what I say now. A World Cup without me wouldn’t be a World Cup

2018 08 02 Tweet

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic posts an inspirational message on about his recovery from injury] They said it was over. I said NO

2018 09 22 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic after scoring the 500th goal of his career] I am happy for Toronto FC because they will be remembered as my 500th victim

2018 11 24 Retrieve

My wife does not allow me to have pictures of myself. She says, ‘There is already enough talk of you and I don’t want to see you on the walls - it is enough that I see you in real life’. But there is one of my feet on the wall. That is what has given us what we have, it is a reminder for the family, not for me, of what we have. That is what has created the whole situation, the whole buzz around me - the two feet. Even if it is ugly toes, we don’t care - we put it on the wall just as a reminder, we have food to eat thanks to those feet, so you should kiss those feet every day - no, I’m joking. Every footballer’s toes and feet around the world are ugly - there is no beautiful out there

2019 03 04 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic said of Alvarez after Saturday’s win] I said yesterday when I was talking to the media, I think he’s the best talent in MLS by far. The club, the team, the coach have to take care of him in the right way. He needs to work hard. He needs to focus and don’t lose the focus because of the hype, just continue to work

2019 04 06 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he fell just short of a promise he made with his son] It was really close [to a hat-trick]. I should have scored. I promised my son three goals, and because of a bad pass, I didn’t give three goals to my son

2019 07 27 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic analyses his memorable performance in LA Galaxy’s 3-2 win over cross-town rivals LAFC, which included a hat-trick and a clash with an LAFC player] When you’re the best, you’re hunted

2019 08 26 Tweet

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts after the latest instalment of ‘El Trafico’, which saw LA Galaxy and LAFC draw 3-3] My city! My game! My rules!

2019 09 21 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic shares his secret to goal-scoring success] I have to keep going and help my team in the best way, and I think the best way is to score goals and make it easy for everybody. To score goals is easy – you just have to be like Zlatan

2019 10 16 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic when asked about playing in Minnesota] When it snows, I’m a viking. When it’s warm, I’m a lion

2019 10 20 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Jose Mourinho] We still stay in touch, Jose Mourinho had an incredible impact on my career. He is still the Special One - a winner. I hope he returns to a bench soon and I am certain he will win straight away

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Pep Guardiola] We never had a confrontation, only because of him. When we faced each other, he hid. He waited for me to pass and then get out of the locker room. As a coach he is a phenomenon, but as a man …

2019 10 28 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic took time this summer to shower praise on his LA Galaxy teammate Efrain Alvarez] In MLS, he’s by far the biggest talent from everybody because he thinks football. He has that football in him. It’s natural. It didn’t come from him training or something. He’s not afraid to take action. He plays with a lot of confidence. Mistakes come, but we all make mistakes

2019 11 13 Tweet

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic says goodbye to Los Angeles after spending two seasons with the LA Galaxy] I came, I saw, I conquered. Thank you @lagalaxy for making me feel alive again. To the Galaxy fans - you wanted Zlatan, I gave you Zlatan. You are welcome. The story continues … Now go back to watch baseball

2019 11 29 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on city of Milan] Milan is not my second city, it’s my second home. I have great memories of my time there. I have just ended my experience in Los Angeles. It was fantastic, now there are two heroes of two worlds; myself and Giuseppe Garibald. I talk a lot to Sinisa. He is my friend, an exceptional person and a unique man.

2019 12 07 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic talks about getting revenge on Marco Materazzi] In the second half, Matrix is coming at me and I hit him with a taekwondo move, I sent him to the hospital. [Dejan] Stankovic asked me; ‘Why did you do that?’ And I replied to him: ‘I have been waiting for this moment for four years. That’s why.’ Then I left. What goes around comes around

2020 01 04 Retrieve

[Zlatan Ibrahimovic on why he chose number 21 after officially re-joining AC Milan] Because it’s my elder son’s number. I showed them all the available ones and they chose number 21

2020 04 15 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic and Van der Vaart were teammates at Ajax when they met for an international friendly between Sweden and Netherlands. Van der Vaart suffered an injury during the game, though, and later publicly accused Ibrahimovic of trying to hurt him on purpose] I didn’t injure you on purpose, and you know that. If you accuse me again I’ll break both your legs, and that time it will be on purpose

2020 05 16 Retrieve

[Ibrahimovic statue in Malmo set to be relocated after repeated acts of vandalism] It’s a shame. They want attention and want the media to write about it - it’s at kindergarten level and we’re bigger than that. The statue was what it was, but that doesn’t mean that my story will be torn down, it will remain forever