Zlatan Ibrahimovic is an unpredictable striker on the football field. He is well known for his numerous goals and his temper. Zlatan was born on October 3rd, 1981 in Malmö, Sweden to his Bosnian father Šefik Ibrahimovic and his Croatian mother, Jurka Gravić.
His parents were of a different religion, his father Islam and his mother, Catholic. His parents divorced when he was two. Zlatan grew with his mother who was very strict. He spent a difficult childhood in the populated immigrant district of Rosengard.
Early Life and Education of Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan was very good in mathematics when he was in school so much that he did not need to write down what the teacher was saying because he could get the solution through logical thinking and pictures in his head.
Early in life, at the age of 2, Zlatan’s parents got separated. This influenced his childhood as he was born in one of the roughest neighborhood of Rosengard. Because of this, he was quite notoriously known for many bad habits and activities. He was a bully at school and a bicycle thief. Nevertheless, this did not hinder his love for football, and at the tender age of Six, he was already quite famous.
Start of Career
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was very fond of football while growing. When he was six, he got a pair of football boots as a gift. At the age of eight, he played in FBK Balkan which consisted of Balkan immigrants, here his leadership skills began to show. At the age of twelve, Zlatan joined the Malmö club where he played for four years in the youth team and moved to the first team after.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic started his professional football career for Malmö FF in 1999. He then helped his second division club to leap to first division the next season. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was then signed to AFC Ajax.
After six months of good performance in Ajax, he was disqualified for five matches due to his aggressive behavior on the field. He played for Sweden in the world cup 2002 in Japan and Korea, where he played against Argentina and Senegal. After four years in AFC Ajax, he was transferred to Juventus F.C; his transfer cost 19 million euros.
Zlatan lead Juventus F.C to a two Serie A championship. Unfortunately, the club was stripped of these titles when the club management was charged with fixing matches in the infamous Calciopoli scandal, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic was forced to transfer to Inter Milan in 2006, his transfer was for 25 million euros. In Inter Milan he successfully won three straight Serie A title and got his first league scoring crown in 2009.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was later transferred to F. C Barcelona in 2010. F. C Barcelona paid 46 million euros. In Barcelona, he showed he was a tough player and was suspended for a total of ten matches. The disagreement and conflict between him and his coach Pep Guardiola contributed to his leaving F.C Barcelona.
He moved to AC Milan after his contract was purchased for 2011 – 2012 period where he got his second scoring crown. Zlatan transferred to Paris Saint-Germain in 2012 where he got his third scoring title with a career-high of 30 goals leading Paris Saint-Germain to its first league one title in nineteen years.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic later moved to Manchester United in 2016 where he helped the club to win the 2017 UEFA Europa League final. He returned for the next season but could not play due to his aggravated knee injury in late December. His contract was terminated in March 2018 which allowed him to join L. A Galaxy in the U.S.
Personal and Love Life
Zlatan Ibrahimovic released his autobiography, ‘I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ in late 2011. The autobiography talked about his rough childhood and his clashes with Guardiola and other players.
An English version of the autobiography was published in September 2013. In 2015, he starred in the movie’Becoming Zlatan’ which was his biography. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a devoted admirer of Ronaldo and is not ashamed to say it. He is also a philanthropist. It would also interest you to know that Zlatan is fluent in five languages including Italian, Spanish, Bosnian, Swedish and English. He also has a black belt in Taekwondo.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic met his girlfriend, former Swedish model Helena Seger at the start of his professional career. At this moment they are married with two children. The family of four currently resides within the outskirts of the city of Los Angeles.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s charity work
Zlatan Ibrahimovic also has a good number of charitable projects and for some years has worked with the UN World Food Programme (WFP). During one of these programmes, he tattooed the names of 50 people he saw who were suffering from starvation in a bid to create awareness.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Cars
At this moment, the renowned footballer has a lot of different cars such as the following:
- Maserati GranTurismo: $116,000 to $132,000
- Porsche 918 Spyder:$845,000
- Ferrari Enzo: $2.4 million
- Lamborghini Gallardo: $181,900 to $259,100
- Ferrari F130 Convertible: $219,956–$276,516
- Audi S8: $116,850
- Audi RS6 Avant C7: $87,090
- BMW: $30,025 and $103,225
- Mercedes: $34,475
- Volvo Xc90: $50,095
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Net worth and Salary
Zlatan is a heavily paid footballer, and in the year 2014, he was listed as the 12th highest paid athlete in the World. In 2017, he became the 3rd richest footballer in the world. As per Celebrity Net Worth, he is estimated at around $190 million in this year 2018. He also has a lot of money made from endorsement deals from several top companies in the world including Nike.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic also has his own company which is tiled under A-Z Sportswear and sells sportswear to men, women, and children. This company was built in partnership with footballer and head of the Norwegian clothing giant Varner Petter Varner.
Recently, Zlatan launched his signature scent, titled “Ibrahimovic Parfums” in partnership with the world leading perfume maker Olivier Pescheux.