Zlatan Ibrahimović Height, Age, Wife, Family, Biography

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Height: 6' 5"
Hometown: Malmö, Sweden
Age: 42 Years

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Nickname(s)Ibra, Ibracadabra
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)6' 5" (195 cm)
Weight (approx.)85 Kg (187 lbs)
Body Measurements (approx.)- Chest: 45 Inches
- Waist: 34 Inches
- Biceps: 15 Inches
Eye ColourHazel Brown
Hair ColourDark Brown
Professional Debut1999 for Malmö FF
International Debut31 January 2001 for Sweden against the Faroe Islands
First International Goal7 October 2001 against Azerbaijan in the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
Retirement4 June 2023
Jersey Number• #11 (AC Milan)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic jersey number 11
• #10 (Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, and Sweden national team)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic jersey number 10
• #9 (Manchester United, LA Galaxy, Ajax, Juventus, Barcelona)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic jersey number 9
• 27 (Malmö FF)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic shirt number 27
• 18 (Paris Saint-Germain)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic jersey number 18
• 21 (AC Milan)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic jersey number 21
Clubs• AC Milan (2020-2023)
• LA Galaxy (2018-2019)
• Manchester United (2016-2018)
• Paris Saint-Germain (2012-2016)
• AC Milan (2011-2012)
• AC Milan (loan) (2010-2011)
• Barcelona (2009-2011)
• Inter Milan (2006-2009)
• Juventus (2004-2006)
• Ajax (2001-2004)
• Malmö FF (1999-2001)
• Malmö FF (1995-1999)
• FBK Balkan (1991-1995)
• Malmö BI (1989-1991)
Coach/MentorMino Raiola
Records (main ones)• Oldest player ever to have scored two or more goals in a Serie A game and the first 40-year-old player to have scored two or more goals in a match in the big-5 European leagues in the 2000s (40 years, 48 days)
• Sweden's all-time top goalscorer after he scored his 50th international goal for Sweden, against Estonia in an international friendly on 4 September 2014
• Only Barcelona player to score in each of his first five La Liga appearances
• Oldest goalscorer (scoring against Udinese in March 2023) in Serie A history (41 years and 166 days), overtaking Alessandro Costacurta (41 years and 25 days, in May 2007)
• Third player to have scored in every minute of football after Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez
• Oldest AC Milan player to play a Serie A game in the 3 points for a-win Era (41 years and 146 days)
• First AC Milan player to score 15 goals in his first 15 games in a single Serie A campaign in the three points-for-a-win era
• Third player to score 300 goals in the big-5 European leagues after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
• Only player to score in the UEFA Champions League with six teams - Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, and Paris Saint-Germain
• Only player to score on his Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1, and UEFA Champions League debut
• Sweden's only player to score in three consecutive UEFA European Championship tournaments - 2004, 2008, and 2012
• Most Guldbollen (Swedish Male footballer of the Year) awards - 12
Awards, Honours, Achievements • Golden Tapir (2008, 2011, 2012, 2020, 2021, 2024)
• Globe Soccer Awards Player Career Award (2022)
• Italy Best Foreign Athlete (2021)
• Serie A Player of the Month (September 2007, December 2008, January 2012, October 2020)
• Gazzetta Sports Awards Legend (2020)
• MLS Greatest Goal (2020)
• Guldbollen (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2020)
• Swedish Forward of the Year (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
• LA Galaxy Goal of the Year (2018, 2019)
• LA Galaxy Golden Boot (2018, 2019)
• LA Galaxy Player of the Year (2018, 2019)
• Best MLS Player ESPY Award (2019)
• MLS All-Star (2018, 2019)
• MLS Goal of the Year (2018)
• Eliason Merit Award (2018)
• MLS Newcomer of the Year (2018)
• Manchester United Player of the Month (December 2016, February 2017)
• Ligue 1 Player of the Year (2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16)
• Étoile d'Or France Football (2014, 2016)
• Paris Saint-Germain Player of the Month (August 2012, September 2012, November 2013, January 2014, February 2015, November 2015, December 2015, January 2016, February 2016)
• Medal of the City of Paris (2016)
• Eurosport European Player of the Month (August 2016)
• Premier League Player of the Month (December 2016)
• PFA Fans' Premier League Player of the Month (December 2016)
• Swedish Male Athlete of the Year (2008, 2010, 2013, 2015)
• Medal of the City of Malmö (2015)
• Ligue 1 Player of the Month (September 2012, January 2014, February 2014, March 2014, November 2015)
• SportAccord 'Play for Change' Award (2015)
• Ligue 1 Best Foreign Player (2012, 2013, 2014)
• Ligue 1 Goal of the Year (2014)
• Swedish Goal of the Year (2012, 2013)
• International Swede of the Year Award (2013)
• UNFP Just Fontaine Trophy Ligue 1 Best Forward of the Season (2012–13)
• GQ Men of the Year (2013)
• Golden Foot (2012)
• Sportschau Goal of the Month Award (November 2012)
• Sportschau Goal of the Year Award (2012)
• Malmö Walk of Fame (2012)
Ibrahimović inscription on the Walk of Fame in his hometown Malmö
• Capocannoniere: 2008–09, 2011–12
• Serie A Footballer of the Year (2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11)
• Serie A Goal of the Year (2008)
• Jerringpriset (2007)
• Serie A Most Loved Player (2005)
• Pegasus Award (2004)
• Stor Grabb (2004)
• Swedish Football Personality of the Year (2002)
• Swedish Newcomer of the Year (2001)
Personal Life
Date of Birth3 October 1981 (Saturday)
Age (as of 2023)42 Years
BirthplaceMalmö, Sweden
Zodiac signLibra
Signature Zlatan Ibrahimovic's signature
HometownMalmö, Sweden
SchoolMalmö Borgarskola
Educational QualificationHigh School Dropout
ReligionChristianity (Catholic)
Ethnicity• Muslim Bosniak (from his father's side)
• Catholic Croat (from his mother's side)
Food HabitNon-vegetarian
HobbiesHiking, Hunting, Listening to Music, Watching Movies, Taekwondo
Tattoo(s)Right Wrist: Birthdates of the males in his family. These numbers are known as the 'Ibrahimovic code'
Right Arm: Names of his two sons in Arabic fonts
Right Bicep: His father's name, Sefik'
Right Oblique: Two playing cards - the ace of hearts (featuring a letter 'H' inside it in honour of his wife, Helena Seger), and the ace of clubs
Right Side: A red dragon
Left Wrist: Birthdates of his mother, Jurka, and sister Sanela
Left Bicep: Jurka, the name of his mother, in Arabic font
Stomach: His name (in white ink - can be seen only when he's tanned) with the message: "Only God can judge me" - This was his first tattoo.
Left shoulder blade: A grey koi fish
Lower Back: Leonardo da Vinci's 'Vitruvian Man'
Right shoulder blade: A feather
Right Arm: Maori tribal symbol
Right shoulder blade: A Buddhist monk image called Yant Prajao Khao Nirote
Back: Another Buddhist feature, this represents the five elements of wind, water, fire, space and creative perception and is called Five Deva Faces Yantra
Zlatan Ibrahimović's tattoos
Zlatan Ibrahimović's tattoos on his back
ControversiesControversial Qatar Visit
After visiting Qatar during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, he praised the country and said that Qatar had a better socio-political system than Sweden. His statement received huge criticism from media and several human rights activists. [1]Arab News

Fined for his involvement in betting
In May 2021, UEFA fined him for €50,000 after he was investigated over his involvement in a betting company called "Bethard." [2]The Guardian

Racial Comments
In January 2021, he was sent off after he clashed with Romelu Lukaku in the Milan derby. Zlatan said "go do your voodoo" to Lukaku during the match. He also called Lukaku a "little donkey." [3]BBC

Booked for displaying his tattoos
In 2015, he was booked and received a yellow card from the referee after he celebrated scoring a goal for Paris Saint-Germain against Caen by removing his shirt to reveal his torso covered in new tattoos. According to Zlatan, he had got 15 removable tattoos inked on his body, which were the names of real people who were suffering from hunger in the world, to draw attention to the global issue of famine. [4]One Football
Zlatan Ibrahimović received a yellow card for displaying his tattoos
Told to leave France after Bordeaux controversy
In March 2015, a French politician told him to leave France following his derogatory comments after Paris Saint-Germain’s defeat at Bordeaux. While questioning the referee's decisions, Zlatan said that France did not deserve PSG. Zlatan later issued an apology after the French sports minister, Patrick Kanner, called on him to apologise. [5]Sky Sports

Feuds with teammates
Throughout his career, Zlatan was involved in disputes with some of his teammates, coaches, and manager. His relationship with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola deteriorated while Zlatan was playing for Barcelona. Zlatan openly criticized Guardiola in his autobiography. [6]The Sun

Fight with John Carew
In 2004, Zlatan had a physical altercation with fellow Swedish international and striker John Carew during a training session. The incident happened after Carew criticised Zlatan for his tricks and flicks on the football pitch to which Zlatan replied, "What Carew does with a football, I can do with an orange.” [7]The Mirror

Red Cards
Throughout his career, Zlatan received red cards on several occasions. Some notable ones include his sending off in a Champions League match against Chelsea in 2015 while playing for PSG and a red card during a friendly match against the US in 2019.
Social MediaInstagram
Famous Quotes"I can't help but laugh at how perfect I am."

"I came like a king, left like a legend."

"Lions do not compare themselves to humans."

"I don't just score goals, I make them."

"I have met God, and he has nothing to say to me."

"I came, I saw, I conquered."
Relationships & More
Marital StatusUnmarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsCurrent Relationship

• Helena Seger (Swedish Model)

Dating Period: 2001-present)
Zlatan with Helena Seger
Previous Relationships

• Erika Johnson (Swedish Actress)

Dating Period: 2002
Erika Johnson
• Maria Olhage

Dating Period: 2000 - 22 April 2001

Engaged: 22 April 2001 - 2002
Zlatan Ibrahimović' with Maria Olhage
ChildrenSon 2
• Maximilian (born in 2006)
• Vincent (born in 2008)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic with his sons
ParentsFather- Šefik Ibrahimović
Zlatan Ibrahimović with his father
Mother- Jurka Gravić
Zlatan Ibrahimović and his mother
SiblingsSister- 1
• Sanela Ibrahimović
Half-sister- 1
• Monika Ibrahimović
Half-brother(s)- 3
• Sapko Ibrahimović (deceased)
• Aleksander Ibrahimović
• Violeta Ibrahimović
Footballer(s)Ronaldo (Brazilian forward), Gabriel Batistuta (Argentine striker)
BoxerMuhammad Ali
Style Quotient
Car CollectionVolvo XC90 SUV, Lamborghini Urus, aserati GranTurismo MC Stradale, Porsche 918 Spyder, Ferrari F430 Spider, Ferrari Monza SP2, Ferrari LaFerrari, Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari SF90 Stradale, Ferrari Daytona SP3
Zlatan Ibrahimovic with his Ferrari SF90 Stradale
Money Factor
Salary Rs. 58.4 crore (€6/£5m/$7m) a year (contract with AC Milan for 2022-23)
Assets/Properties• A penthouse apartment in Paris
• Property in New York City, Milan, Miami, and Stockholm
• An island on Lake Malaren, to the west of Stockholm
Net Worth (approx.)$190 million (as of 2024)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Some Lesser Known Facts About Zlatan Ibrahimović

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic is considered one of the greatest-ever Swedish players and one of the most successful and recognisable athletes in the world.
  • He has played for some of the biggest and most prestigious clubs in Europe, including Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester United.
  • He is known for a larger-than-life personality with a unique style, both on and off the pitch. He is also known for his confidence, outspokenness, and sense of humour.
  • He is nicknamed Ibracadabra for his inventive, skillful playing style.
  • Although he was born in Malmo, Sweden, he has Bosnian heritage from his father’s side and Croatian heritage from his mother’s side.
  • His father moved to Sweden after his Bosnian village was ethnically cleansed.
  • When Zlatan was two years old, his parents divorced.
  • After his parent’s separation, Zlatan lived with his mother. However, he was later sent to live with his father as her mother was burdened with the upbringing of five children, including Zlatan’s half-sister who had a drug problem.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic's childhood photo while he was growing up in poverty

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s childhood photo while he was growing up in poverty

  • His father was an alcoholic, and Zlatan would often remain hungry, so he would visit his mother for dinner.
  • He was later raised in the multicultural neighbourhood of Rosengard.

    An underpass in his home town features a quotation from Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    An underpass in his home town features a quotation from Zlatan Ibrahimovic

  • He grew up in a council flat in the poorest suburb of the Swedish city of Malmö.
  • While growing up in poverty, Zlatan did odd things and also shoplifted and stole bikes.
  • In childhood, he learned Taekwondo at the Malmö Taekwondo club Enighet (“Unity”). He later received an honorary black belt in taekwondo.
  • In his autobiography, I Am Zlatan, he mentioned that while growing up in Malmo, he started feeling that he was not fit for society. He wrote,

    I was a small guy. I had a big nose and I had a lisp and had speech therapy. A woman came to me in school and taught me how to pronounce the letter s and I thought it was humiliating and I guess I felt I had to prove myself.”

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic's childhood photo

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s childhood photo

  • On Zlatan’s tough upbringing, David Lagercrantz, the co-writer of Zlatan’s autobiography, I Am Zlatan, says,

    Complex is the best word to describe Zlatan. On the one hand he’s a strong, warrior type who knew he had to be very tough to survive. So he takes on fights all the time because he’s always had to. But another part of him is vulnerable. He’s a guy wounded by his upbringing, who uses all that to create strength for himself.”

  • As an aspiring footballer, Zlatan idolised Brazilian striker Ronaldo and even had posters of Ronaldo in his room. While talking about Ronaldo, he once said,

    I put up photos of Ronaldo in my room. Ronaldo was the man. He was what I wanted to be, a guy who made a difference. Ronaldo was my hero and I studied him online and tried to take in his movements, and I thought I was getting to be an awesome player.”

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic's childhood bedroom in Rosengard

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s childhood bedroom in Rosengard

  • At the age of six, he received a pair of football boots and started playing the game.
  • At the age of ten, Zlatan started playing for the local club Balkan, where he was called up for an under-12s game; however, he was not allowed to play in the first half as a punishment for misbehaving. When he was called for the second half, the team was 4-0 down, and they later won by 8-5, Zlatan scoring all eight goals.

    Ibrahimovic, third from the left back row, with his team-mates for an indoor tournament in 1989

    Ibrahimovic, third from the left back row, with his team-mates for an indoor tournament in 1989

  • At the age of fifteen, he reportedly desired to quit football and start working at the docks in Malmö; however, he quit the idea after being convinced by his manager.
  • In 1996, he signed his first contract with Malmö, alternating between FBK Balkan and Malmö BI.
  • At the age of 17, he turned down Arsenal’s offer after its manager asked him to go for a trial. Zlatan says,

    Arsène Wenger asked me to have a trial with Arsenal when I was 17. I turned it down. Zlatan doesn’t do auditions.”

  • In 1999, he made his debut for the Sweden U18 team and played four games.
  • In 2001, he was included in the Sweden U21 team and played in the 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign.
  • In July 2001, Zlatan joined Ajax for €8.7 million (Rs. 78 crore).
  • While playing for Ajax, his teammate Mido threw a pair of scissors in his direction after both had an altercation in the dressing room; however, no one received any serious injury.
  • After making his debut for Sweden’s national team in January 2001, he was included in Sweden’s squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He later appeared in the 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2022 editions of the FIFA World Cup; however, he couldn’t score any goal in them.
  • On 22 August 2004, while playing for Ajax, his individual goal against NAC Breda made commentators compare him with Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane. The goal was later voted the Goal of the Year by Eurosport viewers.

    A photo of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from his Ajax days

    A photo of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from his Ajax days

  • In the same year, he joined Juventus for €16 million (Rs. 144 crore).
  • While he was playing for Juventus, it was reported that Zlatan had rejected a €70 million offer from Real Madrid; however, it was later found to be a publicity stunt created by his manager Mino Raiola to increase Zlatan’s market value.

    A photo of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from his Juventus days

    A photo of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from his Juventus days

  • On 10 August 2006, he moved to Inter Milan after signing a four-year deal for €24.8 million.
  • In 2007, he reportedly became the world’s highest-paid footballer after he signed a new deal with Inter Milan until June 2013; earning 750,000 euros per month (9,000,000 per annum).

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action while playing for Inter Milan

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action while playing for Inter Milan

  • In 2009, he joined Barcelona; however, his short-lived stint at the club is known for his troubled relationship with Guardiola. Zlatan often publicly criticised Guardiola’s tactics and playing style. While talking about his time with Guardiola, Zlatan once said,

    When you buy me, you are buying a Ferrari. If you drive a Ferrari, you put premium petrol in the tank, you hit the motorway and you step on the gas. Guardiola filled up with diesel and took a spin in the countryside. He should have bought a Fiat.”

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Pep Guardiola

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Pep Guardiola

  • In August 2010, he was loaned to Milan and signed a four-year deal with the club.
  • Ahead of the UEFA Euro 2012, Zlatan was named the captain of Sweden’s national team.
  • In July 2012, he signed a three-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain with a net annual salary of €14 million. In September 2013, he extended his contract with the club until 2016.

    A photo of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from his Paris Saint-Germain days

    A photo of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from his Paris Saint-Germain days

  • In March 2016, he announced his departure from Paris Saint-Germain and jokingly said that he would stay only if they replaced the Eiffel Tower with a statue of himself.
  • On 21 June 2016, Zlatan announced his retirement from international football.
  • In July 2016, Zlatan signed a one-year deal with Manchester United as a free agent with a reported salary of £200,000 per week. In August 2017, he extended the contract for one year until 2018.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action while playing for Manchester United

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action while playing for Manchester United

  • In March 2018, he joined LA Galaxy. Ahead of the 2019 season, he became the captain of the club.
  • While winning the league in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, and France, Zlatan scored some remarkable goals, such as the backheel flick against Italy, the 40-yard bicycle kick against England, and the pirouette-volley for LA Galaxy.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action while playing for LA Galaxy

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action while playing for LA Galaxy

  • In November 2019, he bought 23.5 percent of the shares in Hammarby IF, a Swedish football club. His Malmö FF fans later vandalised his statue in Malmö many times as they were not happy over his decision to invest in another club.
  • In December 2019, he returned to AC Milan. In August 2020, he extended his contract with the club until 2021. In July 2022, he again extended the contract for one year with the club.
  • He made is comeback to the national side when he was included in Sweden’s squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
  • Zlatan retired from football after AC Milan’s final game of the Serie A season.
  • In December 2023, he was appointed a senior adviser to AC Milan
  • Off the pitch, Zlatan is known for his strong controversial, most of them wrong at times. During a debate in Sweden over why a male player had been given a car for breaking the all-time appearance record but the female equivalent had not, he said that there could be no comparison between men’s and women’s football, and female players could have “a bike with his autograph on it” instead.
  • He has often been compared to Dutchman Marco van Basten as both have almost similar playing styles.
  • Although Ibrahimović is right-footed, he has shown his skills with either foot. He once described his playing style and said,

    Swedish style? No. Yugoslavian style? Of course not. It has to be Zlatan-style.”
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  • During his career, Zlatan has often referred to himself as “God.”
  • He once told LeBron James that he should stay out of politics.
  • Zlatan loves mixed martial arts (MMA) and has even trained in MMA himself. He once called himself the Conor McGregor of football.
  • He is fluent in five languages – Swedish, Bosnian, English, Spanish, and Italian.
  • Between 2004 and 2014, Zlatan was an official Nike Mercurial Athlete.
  • He has exclusive rights to his name which was trademarked in May 2003 at the Swedish Patent and Registration Office.
  • He is known for his charity work. In 2014, he donated US $51,000 to dispatch the Swedish national football team for the intellectually disabled to the INAS World Football Championships in Brazil.
  • He has promoted various campaigns by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to help increase awareness of the suffering of people across the world. At a press conference in February 2015, Zlatan said,

    Wherever I go people recognize me, call my name, cheer for me, but there are names no one cares to remember, that no one cheers for the 805 million people suffering from hunger in the world today.”

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic promoting a World Food Programme campaign

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic promoting a World Food Programme campaign

  • In 2016-17, he had a boot sponsorship deal with Adidas; however, he returned to Nike in 2017. He has also promoted various brands including Vitamin Well sports drinks, Microsoft Xbox, and Nivea.
  • He has appeared in television commercials for various brands including Visa cards and Volvo cars.

  • While playing at PSG, he launched Ibrahimovic Parfums with Olivier Pescheux, a world-leading perfume maker from Givaudan in Paris.
  • In June 2016, he started a company named A-Z Sportswear, selling sportswear for men, women, and children. The clothing line closed down after two years due to a loss of $18 million.
  • Zlatan Legends, an Android game, is owned by Zlatan. The game is a blend of football and racing.
  • In October 2019, a statue of Zlatan was unveiled in his hometown, Malmo.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic statue in Malmo

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic statue in Malmo

  • In an interview, he revealed that his wife doesn’t allow him to hang more than one photo of him on the wall. He said,

    My wife does not allow me to have pictures of myself. There is one of my feet on the wall. That is what has given us what we have, it is a reminder for the family, not for me, of what we have.”

  • Here are the statistics of Zlatan’s club career:
AC Milan 16393
LA Galaxy5853
Manchester United5329
Paris Saint-Germain180156
AC Milan (loan)4121
Inter Milan17766
Malmö FF4718
  • Here are the statistics of Zlatan’s international career:
FIFA World Cup qualification19
UEFA European Championship qualification19
UEFA European Championship finals6