Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Retire at End of Season

Zlatan Ibrahimovic intends to retire from football at the end of the current season after experiencing a recurrent knee injury.

The Swedish striker was part of the AC Milan team that won the league title last year, and his presence at Milan ever since his return in 2019 has been hit with fitness issues.

Hence, the 2022-2023 season could just be his final season.

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He hasn’t finished a game since January 2022 and has not also played more than 23 minutes in any of his last seven contests.

The former Paris Saint-Germain forward played a subtle role in Milan winning the Serie A last season. He netted just eight goals in 27 matches while battling with fitness issues.

Ibrahimovic has been making efforts to recover from a knee injury since last summer after undergoing surgery.

Sources in Italy say the Swedish player wishes to return ahead of a big clash in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 against Tottenham.

However, it is most likely that he will miss the first leg on February 14 and even the return leg in London on March 8, 2023.

Reports by the Italian publication, Gazzetta Dello Sport said Ibra has plans to retire this summer. If that happens, the Great striker will remain at the Club as an ambassador.

When he was sidelined indefinitely in September due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury, Ibrahimovic ruled out any chance that his 24-year playing career would come to an end.

“I have no fear. I’m in good health and working hard to return”, he told Gazzetta Dello Sport then.

As it stands, Ibrahimovic is anticipated to return from an ACL injury before the end of the season. But before then, he is expected to decide on his career.

In 862 club appearances, he has over 510 goals. He has 121 international appearances under his belt and a record-breaking 62 goals for his country.

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