Swedish soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has reached an agreement to play with his former team at Serie A squad AC Milan on an initial 6-month contract, according to multiple reports.
Ibrahimovic is expected to join Milan on 2nd January 2020 to take his medication and he is expected to be in the lineup for a game against Sampdoria.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic said “I’m coming back to a club I hugely respect and to the city of Milan I love. I’ll fight together with my teammates to change the course of this season. I will do everything to make it happen,”
The 38-year-old former Swedish soccer star, had his first tenure with AC Milan while on loan from FC Barcelona during the 2010-11 season. He joined the club permanently for the 2011-12 season, before leaving for PSG. In Serie A, he recorded 85 appearances, 56 goals and became the highest scorer twice.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced his departure from MLS on 14 November after 2nd season with the Los Angeles Galaxy. He scored 22 goals in 2018 and 30 goals in 2019. After leaving the American Los Angeles Galaxy club at the end of the season, Ibrahimovic, returned to European football to rejoin Milan. The club and the Ibrahimovic have agreed on a deal until the end of the current season with an option to extend the contract for the next one,” The club is delighted to announce the signing of Swedish soccer star Ibrahimovic.
Ibrahimovic also won 3 league titles with Inter Milan, and two with Juventus, which were both revoked following the ‘Calciopoli’ match-fixing scandal.
The 6’5 forward came to the LA Galaxy from Premier League power Manchester United in 2018. He began his senior playing career in 1999 with Malmo FF. Apart from Milan and LA Galaxy, Zlatan also played in Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester United. Zlatan Ibrahimovic recorded a total of 788 appearances and 473 goals. Ibrahimovic has made 117 appearances for Sweden’s national team.
Will Ibrahimovic become the solution for AC Milan?
Ibrahimovic is 1.95 meters tall, He has the world’s top ball control. His passing, vision, and finishing ability are also first class. However, his defects are also clear. He has never been a good defender and he lacks the passion to become one. He needs to be the center of the team to maximize his offensive power. Besides, Ibrahimovic’s habit of dribbling the ball until he finds his pace does not fit in today’s fast game.
So here’s your answer: Ibrahimovic will be able to help but he is not the savior of Stadio San Siro.
What AC Milan should do is to learn from their mistakes and look at the big picture. Though the team has been struggling for years, their spending on transfer beats any other club in Italy since 2010. Their top office has always been impatient, both in dealing with managers and player purchases. They need to change that mindset before working on roster improvement.