Today we look at one of the most prolific strikers in football, who is very well known for his temperamental nature. Yes, we are talking about Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Currently at AC Milan, he has been in the news with several controversial comments flying around and is therefore the subject of this week’s edition of The Good Life.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was born on 3rd October, 1981. He grew up in Rosengard, a Malmo neighbourhood known for its immigrant communities.
He started playing football at the tender age of 6, alternating between local clubs Malmo BI and FBK Balkan. During his youth he was a regular at his hometown club Malmo FF.
He came very close to quitting football at the age of 15, in order to pursue a job at the docks in Malmo, but his manager was successful in convincing him to continue playing football.
Zlatan successfully completed high school with more than above average grades but dropped out of school in order to pursue his footballing career. And see where he is today- 16 years later he is one of the best footballers in the world, having played at clubs like Malmo FF, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan.
|“Family and Friends”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was born to a Sefik and Jurka Ibrahimovic. His father is a Bosnian immigrant whereas his mother is a Croatian who immigrated to Sweden. He has three sisters and two brothers.
Helena Seger is Zlatan’s girlfriend and they have two children together: Maximilian (born 2006) and Vincent (born 2008). They live together in Milan. Helena Seger is a former Swedish model and apart from beauty has the brains: she has an economics degree, and has worked as a marketing manager for Swatch and FlyMe.
He is also a close friend of Swedish Actor, Mikael Persbrandt, nicknamed Micke who has starred in in The Police Murderer, "Anna Holt - polis" and movies about Martin Beck, starting with "Beck".
His current home in Italy is located at Cernobbio which he has rented at close to £80,000. He stays in this grand house with his family, his wife Helena, and his two sons Maximilian and Vincent. The house has a breathtaking view and it's not surprising that one of the best players of the Serie A resides in there.
He is a great fan of cars with big powerful engines and has many of such types in his garage. His possessions include a Volvo C30 TS, a Ferrari Enzo and a Spider 360, a Porsche Carrera and an Audi S8 to name a few.
|“His Taekwondo Black-Belt”
Apart from great skills on the footballing field with the ability to kick the ball to the back of the net with ease, his kicks can also cause a lot of pain! Yes, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a martial arts fan.
He has a black belt in Taekwondo, which he received at the age of 17, from Malmo Taekwondo club, Enighet, and just recently received an honorary black belt in Italian Taekwondo team.
He was also chosen to promote the Taekwondo world championship that was held in Florence.
Known for his anger, there have been many instances of Ibrahimovic’s rage coming to the fore.
There have been two or three instances of Ibrahimovic’s rage:
After scoring a goal against Palermo, Ibra’s team-mate Robinho tucked the ball under his shirt and ‘rocked the baby.' But in all of this, Ibrahimovic tried to kick the ball right out of his shirt, while all his other team-mates congratulated him.
An ugly fight took place on Milan’s training ground between Oguchi Onyewu and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in November 2010 which led to the suspension of the training on that day. Ibra later stated that the two could have "killed" each other.
Whatever the case is, Ibrahimovic does need to get his anger under control.
Most footballers today have ink on their body to symbolize love or affection to family and the game.
He is known for his passion for ink. He has 11 tattoos on his body! Some of the most prominent ones are:
The Red Dragon, on his back, which is metaphor for his personality.
“The Ibrahimovic Code”, on his wrists, which are the birth dates of his parents and siblings and later the birthdates of his sons were also added.
His family name Ibrahimovic in Arabic, on the back of his right arm.
“Only God Can Judge Me”, on his belly, which symbolizes his religious and rebellious nature.
Ace Of Hearts and Clover, near his dragon tattoo, which is a good luck charm.
|“I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic”
‘I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ is Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s autobiography released recently.
Released as 'Jag Är Zlatan Ibrahimovic', the book contains many frank accounts from his footballing career, explained in a very brash and candid style by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
It contains detailed accounts of his brawl with AC Milan team-mate Onyewu, with Guardiola and of his career at the various clubs he has spent time at.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's music choice is varied. He listens to reggae music mainly, but is a great fan of Balkan tunes. In a meeting with Swedish rapper Timbaktu, the latter showed Zlatan a tune about growing up in Sweden and how Ibra inspired him, as they're both similar - both being born to immigrants to Sweden, having suffered difficulties growing up.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had a very colourful career as a footballer. And he serves as a lucky charm, a magician for every club he is at! He has won the league every season for the last eight years at each club he's been at Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona and AC Milan. Let's hope this continues.