Ten Facts You Did Not Know About Manchester United’s Towering Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a modern-day football legend and his antics on and off the field have earned him millions of fans across the world. Be it his legendary wit or his swashbuckling skills, the towering Swede has earned quite a reputation for himself. Very few football lovers can abstain from admiring Ibrahimovic and irrespective of which club one supports, it is very tough to dislike a player like him.
The 36-year-old has been a key part of every team he has ever played for and it is truly remarkable to see him going so strong even when he is nearing 40. Currently playing for Manchester United, he earns £125,000-a-week and is inching closer to playing regularly after recovering from a season-ending injury last campaign. As per an infographic from Betfy UK, here are 10 facts about the Swedish superstar, who refuses to go gentle into the dying night.
10 Facts About Ibra
1. Ibrahimovic’s parents got divorced when he was just 2 years of age but he did not let that affect him. Despite the setback, he made his first foray into the beautiful game at the age of 6. Back then, he played for Malmo Bl and FBK Balkan.
2. He is one of the very few players to have been a part of and excel at top clubs across major European leagues. Ibrahimovic has played for Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan (Serie A), Manchester United (English Premier League), Barcelona (La Liga), Ajax (Eredivisie) and Paris Saint-Germain (Ligue 1).
3. An out-and-out goal-scoring machine, Ibrahimovic has netted a whopping 420 goals for various clubs he has played for in his career. On the international level, the Swede has netted 62 goals.
4. Ibrahimovic is one of the most-followed football stars on Facebook, boasting of 13.3million fans. And it is interesting to note that most of his fans are from Brazil, Egypt and Indonesia, as per Facebook demographics.
5. Every big footballer endorses several companies and Ibrahimovic is no different. He has been a brand ambassador for Volvo, Vitamin Well, UN World Food Program, Nike, Zlatan Legends and Nivea Men.
6. He earns a whopping $7million from endorsements alone – out of which $3million comes from Nike. Hence, it comes as no surprise that Ibrahimovic’s net worth stands at a whopping $141million.
7. Ibrahimovic owns a church in Stockholm, which he purchased only last year. Who would have thought?
8. The 36-year-old practised Taekwondo as a child and he even received an honorary black belt in 2010. No wonder nobody messes with him.
9. Ibrahimovic is quite popular across the world but how many footballers can boast of having a burger named after them? That’s right, the Swede has a burger named after him, in a French cafe!
10. The player’s love for tattoos is quite well-known and he has about 5 tattoos as of now. Out of that, 3 stand for his family. Ibrahimovic has his mother’s name and sons’ names tattooed in Arabic font and even has a Maori symbol tattooed on his right arm which signifies good luck for him and his family.