Produced on October 3, 1981, in Malm, Sweden, Zlatan Ibrahimovic beat a rough upbringing becoming a professional football star. Among the sport’s most polarizing figures, Ibrahimovic released a bestselling autobiography in 2011.
Soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic was born on October 3, 1981, in Malm, Sweden, to a Bosnian dad and also a Croatian mother. His parents divorced when Ibrahimovic was 2, and he spent a tough youth in the immigrant-populated district of Rosengrd. By his own report, Ibrahimovic was a bike thief as well as a school bully, but he grown right into a tall, agile with the apparent talent for playing football.
Ibrahimovic made his professional debut for Malm FF in 1999, and helped the second-division team make the jump to the primary degree the next season. The 6’5″ striker subsequently signed together with the leading Dutch team AFC Ajax and honed his formidable abilities within two title-winning teams, though he also acquired a reputation as a temperamental player.
After four years with Ajax, Ibrahimovic transferred to Juventus F.C. and led the Italian team to two Serie A tournaments. Nevertheless, Juventus was stripped of those titles when team direction was charged with fixing matches in the ill-famed Calciopoli scandal, and Ibrahimovic induced a transport to Inter Milan.
The Italian team bought his contract outright for 201112 and Ibrahimovic claimed his second scoring crown, although his amazing run of eight straight seasons on a title-winning team came to a conclusion.
One of football’s most polarizing figures, the striker trademarked “Zlatan” and “Zlatan Ibrahimovic” in 2003, establishing exclusive naming rights for athletic clothes as well as other products through the European Union.
They got two kids together.
The football star released his autobiography, I’m Zlatan Ibrahimovic, in late 2011. The bestselling memoir detailed Ibrahimovic’s harsh youth and his battles with Guardiola as well as other players, and an English version was released in September 2013.