Ibrahimovic: I Joined Barcelona Not For Football

Ibrahimovic: I Joined Barcelona Not For Football

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits his time with Barcelona was the lowest point of his career.

The Swedish striker arrived at the Nou Camp in 2009 after winning three consecutive league titles with Inter Milan, but he lasted just a year in Spain before moving back to Italy to join AC Milan.

Ibrahimovic scored 22 goals in 46 appearances for Barcelona, but has admitted he does not look back on his time at the club with any fondness, and has claimed he “disappointed” himself during that period in his career.

When asked about his low moments in football, Ibrahimovic told Canal Plus: “My worst memory? I think it was Barcelona, but not for football. There, it happened to me to think too much.


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“Yes I disappointed myself. I did things differently. I thought twice before acting and I disappointed myself. I lost my identity there. Afterwards, I found it again, and that allowed me to conquer the world.”



Style of play

Ibrahimović has been described by ESPN as being “good in the air, quick, tall, strong and agile, he plays well with his back to goal and boasts some of the best finishing, vision, passing and ball control around.” A versatile and well-rounded attacker, from a tactical standpoint, Ibrahimović is capable of playing anywhere along the front line, due to his ability to both create and score goals for his team, although he is most often deployed as a striker, due to his composure and eye for goal.


He has also functioned in a more creative playmaking role at times, as a supporting forward or even as a number 10, in particular in his later career, after losing some of his pace and stamina with age; this deeper position allows him to drop into midfield to pick up the ball, where he can utilise his technical ability, vision, passing, and movement to create space and provide assists for teammates.[307][308][309]


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