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Zlatan Ibrahimović is a famous striker who had played from number of clubs including the renowned club Manchester United. On international front he was eligible to represent Sweden, Bosnia and Herzegovina or Croatia yet he chose Sweden. He is regarded as one of the greatest sport icon in Sweden. Though highly regarded for his offensive, quick and outstanding football skills he has been often criticized for his disciplinary issues and bold statements.
Today, we will be highlighting some interesting and cool facts about Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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ZLATAN IBRAHIMOIC’s COOL AND INTERESTING FACTS
- Named twice to the UEFA Team of the Year
A very cool fact about him is that, due to his marvellous football skills, consistency of scoring goals and smart moves he gained great respect and honour in the club he was representing. So much so that not once but twice, he was named to the UEFA Team of the Year in both 2007 and 2009.
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2. One of the Highest Paid Players in the world
A very inspiring fact about Zlatan is that, he earned a great respect in football due to his great winning goals and offensive style of the game. In summer 2009, he joined AC Milan in a deal that made him one of the highest paid players in the world.
3. Ibrahimovic and Paris Saint Germain Club
A very cool fact about him is that, he had a great career with famous Paris Germain Club popularly known as PSG. He remained in the club for four seasons and won four consecutive Ligue 1 titles, three Coupes de la Ligue, two Coupes de France and was also the leading goal scorer in Ligue 1 for three seasons. With 156 goals in 180 competitive matches, in 2015, he ended up becoming all time leading goal scorer for PSG.
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4. 100 appearances & all team leading goal scorer for Sweden
With respect to his international career, a very interesting fact about Ibrahimovic is that he is one of the ten Swedish players to have made 100 or more appearances for his national team. Not limited to this, he is also the all time leading goal scorer for Sweden too. He scored 62 times and represented his national team at 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups as well as the 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 UEFA European Championships.
5. Record 10 times winner of Guldbollen
The most amazing fact about this great Swedish player is that he has been awarded not once, not twice, not even thrice; instead record ten times for one of the most prestigious award called Guldbollen. Guldbollen, has the English translation as the Golden Ball. This included his nine times consecutive win too from 2007 and 2015.
6. Ranked as 3rd best player in the world by The Guardian
Another quite inspiring fact about him is that, he has been ranked as the third best player in the world by the famous The Guardian. The first two slots were occupied by Lionel Messi and Christiano Ranaldo.
7. Ranked as second greatest Swedish sportsperson of all times
A very cool fact about Zlatan Ibrahimvoic is that, only behind Swedish tennis player Bjorn Borg, he has been ranked as the second greatest Swedish Sportsperson of all time by the famous Swedish newspaper named Dagens Nyheter. In Sweden, he is really considered to be the icon! So much so, that the Swedish Post Office issued a set of five postage stamps featuring Ibrahimovic.
8. A famous reply to Arsene Wenger
Ibrahimvoic is famous for his bold comments and quotes, while Arsene Wenger asked him to have a trial to seek a selection in Arsenal when he was 17, he turned it down and remarked
“Zlatan doesn’t do auditions.”
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9. Notorious with his red cards and match bans
A very weird and notorious fact about him is that, he has been very poor with his discipline and often collects red cards. He received a three match ban on punching Bari defender in the stomach. In a match against Napoli, he collected another red card and three-match ban for slapping his opponent player. At one incident, he violated team curfew by leaving hotel with teammates to visit a club and was sent home by his manager as punishment. He further refused to take part in couple of matches as a self-imposed boycott in protest. In 2011, Ibrahimvoic kicked his teammate in the face while he was speaking to reporters and at another incident he kicked his another teammate during a training session.
10. 10th interesting fact about Zlatan Scorer of 8th fastest hat-trick
Another outstanding and interesting fact about him is that he holds the record of 8th fastest hat-trick while playing against RSC Anderlecht in the Champions League scoring four goals. This also made him the 11th player to score four times in a Champion League match. The third goal of the four was clocked at a speed of 93 mph!
11. Fluent in five languages
A very interesting fact about Zlatan is that, as he comes from different and diverse background he is fluent in multiple languages. Out of many languages he can speak, he declares him to be fluent in Swedish, Bosnian, English, Spanish and Italian.
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12. Brand ambassador of Nike
He is a proud brand ambassador of famous sport brand Nike. He is featured along with other players including Christiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Wayne in television advertisements of Nike. He also has names and dates of birth of his sons embedded onto the external side of his Nike boots.
13. His unique style of creating awareness for a noble cause
A very impressive fact about him is that, with the intention of creating awareness for famine in accordance with the United Nations World Food Program he took off his shirt after scoring a goal while playing in a league match. This unveiled on his body the removable tattooed names of 50 people suffering from hunger around the world.
14. Becoming Zlatan a documentary film
Another cool fact about him is that, Auto Images, an independent film production company of Sweden released the sports documentary Becoming Zlatan in 2016. The film received great appreciation and was featured in number of film festivals including the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Helsinki Documentary Film Festival and the Rouen Nordic Film Festival amongst others.
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15. Family background of a Muslim and Catholic Christian
An interesting personal fact about him is that, he comes from a very religiously rich background. His father was Bosnian Muslim while his mother was a Croatian Catholic. Both his parents migrated to Sweden where they met for the first time. Likewise, he can fluently speak five languages.
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16. Fond of tattoos another interesting fact about ibrahimovic
Another interesting personal fact about Zalatan is that he has number of tattoos on his body. He has his surname tattooed in Arabic – the language of the Qu’ran, Islam’s sacred text – on the back of his right arm, the names of his sons are also on right arm written in Arabic. He has a five deva faces yantra, a common Buddhist tattoo on his lower back. Each of the Buddhas represents an element: wind, water, fire, creative perception and space. When arranged in this way, this design is believed to ward off illness and injury. On his right upper arm he has another Buddhist tattoo – a Yant Prajao Khao Nirote or ‘yant of the master’ design, a protective emblem intended to end the suffering of a family. Last but not the least, he also has the words ‘Only God can judge me’ tattooed on his rib cage. This phrase is said to reflect the player’s ‘religious and rebellious’ nature.
17. Honours and titles
Ibrahimvoic has a long list of honours and titles to his credit. On the club level for Ajax, he won Eredivisie (2001 – 02, 2003 – 04), KNVB Cup (2001–02) and Johan Cruyff Shield (2002). While playing from Juventus he grabbed Serie A (2004–05, 2005–06 both were later revoked), Inter Milan Serie A (2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09), Supercoppa Italiana( 2006, 2008). When he moved to Barcelona he took La Liga (2009–10), Supercopa de España (2009 and 2010), UEFA Super Cup (2009), FIFA Club World Cup (2009). During the representation of Milan he took Serie A (2010–11), Supercoppa Italiana (2011). At his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain he had Ligue 1 (2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16), Coupe de France (2014–15, 2015–16), Coupe de la Ligue (2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16), Trophée des Champions (2013, 2014, 2015). For the famous Manchester United he won only FA Community Shield (2016).
On Individual level his list of awards include FIFA Puskás Award (2013), FIFA FIFPro World XI (2013), UEFA Team of the Year four times (2007, 2009, 2013, 2014), Golden Foot (2012), UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament (2012), UEFA Euro 2004 Man of the Match Italy vs Sweden, UEFA Euro 2008 Man of the Match Greece vs Sweden, UEFA Euro 2012 Man of the Match Sweden vs France, UEFA Champions League Most assists (2012–13), UEFA Champions League Team of the Season (2013–14), ESM Team of the Year four times (2006–07, 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14), Serie A Footballer of the Year three times (2008, 2009, 2011), Serie A Top Scorer two times (2009, 2012), Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year three times (2005, 2008, 2009), Serie A Team of the Year two times (2010–11, 2011–12), 2011 Supercoppa Italiana Man of the Match, Ligue 1 Player of the Year three times (2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16), Ligue 1 Team of the Year four times (2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16)
Ligue 1 Top Goalscorer three times (2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16), 2014 Trophée des Champions Man of the Match, 2015 Coupe de la Ligue Final Man of the Match, Guldbollen ten times (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), Jerringpriset (2007), Swedish Male Athlete of the Year four times (2008, 2010, 2013, 2015), UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year (substitute; published 2015), UNFP Player of the Month six times (September 2012, January 2014, February 2014, March 2014, November 2015, December 2015).
A complete list of his overall records include; the only player to score in the UEFA Champions League with six different teams. (Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, A.C. Milan, Paris Saint-Germain), The only player to have won 13 championships in four different leagues (Eredivisie, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1). One of the two players, along with Cristiano Ronaldo, to have scored a goal in every minute of a football match during their careers, One of the two players, along with Ronaldinho, to have scored at least a goal in Derby della Madonnina in Italy, El Clásico in Spain and Le Classique in France,
The only foreign player, that have won Capocannoniere with two different teams, in addition two different team from the same city: Inter Milan (2008–09) and Milan (2011–12). The only player to have scored at least a goal in De Klassieker in Netherlands, Derby della Madonnina and Derby d’Italia in Italy, El Clásico and Derbi barceloní in Spain, Le Classique in France and Manchester derby in England.
In international competitions, brahimović played for the Sweden national team from 2001 until 2016, and is currently All-time top goalscorer for Sweden, Most Guldbollen: 10, Most consecutive Guldbollen: 9 (2007–2015), Sweden’s top goalscorer in UEFA European Championship: 6 goals, Sweden’s only player to score in three consecutive UEFA European Championship tournaments: 2004, 2008, 2012. For Barcelona; Only player ever to score in his first five league matches. For Paris Saint-Germain; Top goalscorer in official competitions, Top goalscorer in the Ligue 1, Only Paris Saint-Germain player to be top goalscorer in three Ligue 1 seasons (2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16), Most Ligue 1 goals in a season: 38 in 2015–16 season, Fastest Ligue 1 hat-trick: 9 minutes, (vs. Troyes, 13 March 2016), Longest goalscoring run in Ligue 1: 9 matches in 2015–16 (shared with Vahid Halilhodžić), Most goals scored in a single season, Paris Saint-Germain record goalscorer in UEFA competitions: 20 goals.