Zlatan Ibrahimovic will no longer be seen playing for Sweden, as the striker retired from international football after his team exited from Euro 2016, following a defeat to Belgium. Sadly enough, one of the most colourful characters of world football could not sign off on a high.
However, the former Barcelona striker will be pleased to have played an integral part for the Sweden national team for more than a decade. The Sweden striker has been one of the best players to have ever graced the beautiful game in the modern era, scoring an impressive 62 goals in 116 matches.
Ibrahimovic's ability to find the back of the net has bagged headlines on quite a few occasions, but one will always fondly remember two such beautiful goals. One of them being an audacious back-heel goal against Italy in Euro 2004, and his wonderful back volley against England in 2012 as well besides other stunning finishes.
Most of the things he does on and off the pitch always grab media attention, and his funny, witty quotes stand next to none.
The British media must already be thinking of some wonderful headlines for next season as the striker is tipped to join Manchester United, which will also offer him a chance to reunite with manager Jose Mourinho, who Ibrahimovic played under at Inter Milan.
Here are some interesting tweets on Ibrahimovic's retirement.
Tonight was the last time we'll ever see Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a Sweden shirt. Legend ??— Jorge ⚽️ (@JorgeramirezDSG) June 23, 2016
Ibrahimovic has truly, truly been an ambassador for Sweden and will Continue to be— JosephJanerique (@JosephJanerique) June 23, 2016