Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Benjamin Button Serie A, extended his contract with AC Milan to 2022 on Thursday, which would take him more than 40 years.
The Swedish striker, who turned 39 in October, has been credited with returning to Milan’s title contenders since his return in January last year.
“AC Milan is the club for which Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played the most in Italy,” the Serie A team said in a statement. “After scoring 84 goals in 130 matches for the Rossoneri, the Swedish striker will continue to wear red and black jerseys next season.”
“The saga still continues @acmilan”, Ibrahimovic posted on the social network after signing an agreement costing 6.5 million euros ($ 7.8 million).
Ibrahimovic, who helped the club to their last Serie A trophy in 2011, could play again at the highest level as Milan are in the running to return to the Champions League for the first time since 2014.
Ibrahimovic told Milan TV, “I am very happy. I waited for this day and now I have one more year, which is most important to me. “
“I always said, playing for Milan is like being at home. I like the way the club makes me feel, everyone who works here, my co-workers, coaches, fans that I really miss at the stadium. It’s like my house. If I can live here for life, I will.”
Ibrahimovic started his career in Malmö in 1999, playing for Ajax, Juventus, Milan, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester United clubs.
Such longevity is usually reserved for goalkeepers or defenders and is a rare novel for strikers, with the exception of the great novel Francesco Totti.
In Milan, “Ibra” has returned to form and even the clock has been replaced, regularly comparing itself to fictional characters that shorten over time.
“(Stefano) Pioli is very easy to work with, he has the right mindset,” said Ibrahimovic. “Every day he has this energy that transforms the team and he wants the best of us.”
Milan had an incredible 2020. Since early 2021, the team has lost some momentum and Ibrahimovic has suffered injuries. But he scored 15 goals in 17 league matches and was one of the engines on this team. He also surpassed the club’s 500 goals and began playing for Sweden, almost five years after retiring. In addition to injury, he could be one of the stars of Euro 2020 this summer.
Off the field, he has become a fashion icon, a model for clothing brands, and the face of a campaign to wear masks in Lombardy, killed by coronavirus. One of the star presenters of the annual San Remo concert in Italy will soon debut on the big screen in the next film Asterix.
He faced Romelu Lukaku during a match in the Italian Cup, in which he faced accusations of racism as he followed “voodoo” practices. And he recently made headlines after being photographed at a restaurant in Milan, while the city was closed, claiming he was there for a “business meeting”.
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