Ibra scoring against Denmark in the Euro 2016 Playoffs
Zlatan Ibrahimovic had announced that he would retire from international football after Euro 2016 before Sweden’s final group match with Belgium.
The 34-year old Swede is his country’s highest goal scorer with a huge 62 goals in 116 appearances. Although he could not help Sweden progress through the group stages of Euro 2016, he admitted he was disappointed with the outcome but said he made “many fantastic memories” of representing his country.
Zlatan with his Sweden teammates
He could inflict a lot of damage with the ball at his feet but a world-class midfield was not the luxury that the Swedish team could provide him with. Thus he dropped back deep to help his forwards connect with the midfield well. More often than not, he was working for the team, not for his own self.
Still he excelled in his role, scoring a good number of goals for his team as well. He even scored 11 goals for Sweden (out of a total of 19) in the qualifying stage of the Euros in France, second only to Robert Lewandowski who scored 13 goals for Poland.
The former Ajax, Inter Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG man has been named Sweden’s top footballer eight times, and participated in two European Championships and two World Cups for his country.
Zlatan in the Swedish jersey
“I’m very proud of my career,” Ibrahimovic said.
“I’m just a boy from a small little part of Malmo and I got to represent my country. I was able to captain my country,” he said after that defeat against Belgium in Nice that brought an end to his international career.