'GODbye': AC Milan bid farewell to Zlatan Ibrahimovic

‘GODbye’: AC Milan fans bid farewell to Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of his final game for the club, with the 41-year-old striker out of contract at the San Siro but NOT planning to retire

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be out of contract with AC Milan at the end of the season 
  • Fans paid farewell on Sunday night with a sign in his honour at the San Siro
  • The 41-year-old striker does not plan on retiring despite struggling with injuries 

 AC Milan Fans  have bid farewell to Zlatan Ibrahmiovic with a huge sign reading ‘Godbye’ at their final game of the season against Verona.

The 41-year-old is not playing in the game as he nurses an injury, but will leave the club when his contract expires this summer.

It will end a 17-year love affair with the San Siro, where Zlatan has spent nine seasons of his career.

He has played for both Milan clubs, racking up 159 goals and nine trophies in 229 games.

The Sweden international’s role for Stefano Pioli’s side has been limited by injuries this season, but he did become Serie A’s oldest ever goalscorer with a strike against Udinese in March.

AC Milan fans have bid goodbye to Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a huge sign at the San Siro

The striker scored 159 games and won nine trophies across spells with both Milan clubs

He was given a fitting send off by the fans on Sunday, with the ‘Godbye’ sign joined by flags with his face on across the stands in Milan.

The striker looked moved as he made a heart gesture to fans ahead of the game, as the club tweeted ‘I’m not cyring, you’re crying’ at the emotional scene.

Despite the limited role he has played this year, Zlatan is not planning on retiring just yet.

‘I’m not one to give up,’ he told La Gazetta dello Sport,  ‘but there must also be joy in what you do, I can’t help but have peace in what I can do as number 1, playing football. 

‘But we’re not there yet. I think I still have something to give. If I think about quitting? I don’t think so. If I have to continue playing? I think so. 

‘But I have to find balance like in life. If you don’t have serenity, stability, you’re a bomb and the bombs explode.’

Monza have held talks over signing the striker, but the 41-year-old has been struggling with a knee injury picked up last season.

Zlatan returned the fans’ affection as he made a heart gesture at the club he will leave this summer

The 41-year-old striker, who became Serie A’s oldest ever scorer in March, has now plans on retiring yet

When asked about his fitness, Ibrahimovic replied: ‘I’m fine, I’m fine. I’ve worked a lot, I’ve forced a lot, not only this year also last year. But when I was knocked out, the team needed me. 

‘And when you’ve done one thing all your life, when you know what you have to do but you can’t do it, then you continue.’

‘I won’t give myself peace. I haven’t found the balance. When everything comes, everything comes immediately. This thought is spinning in my head. 

‘My head is too strong, I feel like Superman every time I come back, but I have to have balance.’

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