PSG legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic officially retires from football

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Milan, PSG
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Milan, PSG / Marco Luzzani/GettyImages

Former PSG legend and Sweden international Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced his retirement from football at the age of 41 on Sunday following Milan's last game of the season.

The unforgettable striker wraps up a professional career in which he scored 511 goals in 866 club games to go with and 62 goals in 122 appearances for his country. That's hella wild, if you ask me, and adds up to a freaking 573 goals in 988 games, club and country, tally.

Speaking to the fans present at San Siro in Milan, Ibrahimovic bid farewell to the sport after playing at the absolute best clubs across Europe and beyond the continent's borders.

There were rumors earlier this season about Ibra potentially extending his expiring contract with Milan for one more season at the very least, but with his contract coming to an end on June 30 he finally decided to put an end to a delightful career. The decision came down, mostly, to his never-ending injury problems throughout the past few months.

Ibrahimovic expressed his gratitude to the AC Milan fans, saying, "I have so many memories and lived so many emotions in here. The first time I arrived here, you gave me happiness. The second time, love."

The truth is, Ibra also played for Italy giants and AC Milan big rivals Juventus and Inter Milan before landing with his last club after a disapointing one-year spell at Barcelona.

Starting his professional journey at Malmo in 1999, Ibrahimovic later played for renowned European clubs including the aforementioned Italian trio to go along with Ajax, Manchester United, Barcelona, and obviously Paris Saint-Germain.

The striker, who holds the record for the most goals scored by a Swedish player with 62 in 121 matches, briefly retired from the national team after Euro 2016 only for him to make a comeback in time for his country's World Cup qualifying campaign in 2021.

Ibrahimovic was one of the biggest early signings by QSI at PSG when the Qatar-backed club acquired him from Milan for a reasonable fee of just €20m in the summer of 2012.

Ibra spent four seasons in the French capital, winning four Ligue 1 titles, two Coupe de France, three League Cups, and three Super Cups. He appeared in 180 matches at PSG scoring 156 goals and providing 53 assists getting involved in 209 goal-scoring plays.

Ibra (156) ranks third among the top scorers in club history, only behind Kylian Mbappe (211 goals) and Edinson Cavani (200).

The striker said on Sunday that for now, he "wants to take the time to enjoy what I've done, to savor it," and made it clear that he "must not decide too quickly" what comes next in his career, as "there are too many emotions today."

Ibra added that he "wants to enjoy the summer, reflect, and when the situation calms down a bit, we'll see." The Swede also floated the idea of hitting the touchline in the future, saying that becoming a manager is "a big responsibility," and one that comes with "less freedom" than the one enjoyed by the players on the pitch.

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A few years ago, Ibra offered himself to take over the sporting director role at PSG, so the interest is definitely there and we can only wait to see whether or not this relationship between Ibra and PSG extends down the road.