Zlatan Ibrahimovic Bio: Early Life, Career, Wife & Net Worth

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A Swish national, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is still performing at a high level at the age of 41 and is currently playing for AC Milan. Zlatan is a natural goal scorer and is the top scorer for the Swedish national team with 62 goals.

Regardless of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s arrogant, childish, and ignorant behaviors, one can’t ignore his achievements in soccer.

He has won 32 titles in his career, playing for nine different teams. But the lack of UCL glory in his resume hurts. 

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Zlatan In AC Milan Jersey (Source: Manchester Evening News)

Despite being 41 years old, Zlatan is the third-fastest player in Serie A. He strictly maintains his diet and practices taekwondo to maintain his fitness.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently revealed that he played the last part of the 2021/22 season without an ACL in his knee to help his team win the Serie A title.

Zlatan is a family guy and loves to spend time with his family. He is married to Helena Seger, and has two children together. 

“The older I get, the better I get. like red wine.”

Let’s look at the quicks facts table before exploring the details of Zlatan’s life;

Zlatan Ibrahimovic | Quick Facts

Name Zlatan Ibrahimovic 
Birthday 3rd October 1981
Birth Place Malmo, Sweden 
Nick Name Ibra, Zlatanera
Age 41 years old
Gender Male
Religion Muslim Bosniak
Nationality Swedish 
Ethnicity Unknown
Zodiac Sign Libra
Profession Soccer
Height 6’5″/1.95 m/195 cm
Weight 95 kg/209 lb.
Body Mass Index (BMI) 24.8
Build Athletic
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Tattoo Yes
Father Name Sefik Ibrahimovic 
Mother Name Jurka Gravic 
Siblings Sanela, Monika, Sapko (sister), Violeta, Aleksader
Relationship Helena Seger (Wife)
Children Maximilian, Vincent
Preferred Foot Right
Playing Position Striker
Agent  Mino Raiola
Professional Debut 1999
Current Team AC Milan
Previous Team Malmo FF, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Paris Saint Germain, Manchester United, L.A. Galaxy
FIFA 22 Rating 84 (Overall)
Net Worth $190 million
Transfer Market Value $2.06 m
Shoe Nike 
Jersey Number 11
Social media InstagramTwitterFacebook
Merch  I Am Football, Bobblehead, Signed Game-Worn Jersey
Last Update January, 2023

Zlatan Ibrahimovic | Fitness And Body Appearance

Despite being at a late stage of his career, he is only getting better with age. Currently, he is one of the fastest players in Serie A.

To maintain his physique, he follows a strict diet. The athlete is no fan of working in the gym.

However, Zlatan practices taekwondo for strength and conditioning training.

According to GQ Italia Zlatan, every food is weighed on a scale. Mostly, he likes to eat white meats, bresaola meats, and fresh vegetables.

Ibrahimovic is one of the tallest footballers globally, standing 6 feet 5 inches (1.75m). At present, he weighs 94 kg (207.43 lbs)

Zlatan likes to keep his hair long and prefers a ponytail hairstyle.

Tattoos

Like other professional footballers, Zlatan seems to be a fan of tattoos. Firstly, he has tattooed his surname in Arabic on the backside of his right arm alongside his son’s name.

Likewise, on his lower back, he has tattooed common Buddhist “Five Deva Faces.”

Similarly, on his upper right arm, he has another Buddhist tattoo, “Yant Prajao Khao Nirote.”

Zlatan showing off his back tattoo
Zlatan Showing Off His Back Tattoo (Source: MARCA)

Furthermore, on his ribcage, he has tattooed the phrase “Only God can judge me.” Lastly, he has a giant tattoo of a roaring lion on his back

Zlatan Ibrahimovic | Early Life

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was born on 3rd October 1981 in Mal,mo, Sweden. He was born to a Muslim father, Sefik, and a Catholic mother, Jurka Gravic. Both of his parents immigrated to Sweden.

As a young kid, Zlatan idolized Brazilian Ronaldo. Furthermore, he began playing soccer at the age of 6. 

Difficult Childhood

Zlatan’s parents divorced when he was only two years old. He went on to live with his mom after she won his custody. 

However, the footballer mentions living with his mother and new stepfather as a painful experience. But due to his mother’s difficulty intake taking care of 5 kids, he was sent to live with his dad at

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Zlatan During His Childhood (Source: Pinterest)

Because food was scarce in his father’s house, Zlatan often stayed hungry, so he used to go to his mother’s for dinner. 

Later, he grew up being a petty thief and started stealing bikes and shops. Zlatan also grew up getting into fights in his childhood. Once, at the age of 13, he hospitalized his teammate.

When he was 15 years old, he also considered quitting soccer for work at the docks. However, his manager convinced him to play soccer. 

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic | Professional Club Career

Beginning

In 1996 Ibrahimovic signed his first professional contract with Malmo FF. Later he moved to the senior team in 1999. Overall, he scored 18 goals in 47 appearances for the club.

On 22nd March 2001, Zlatan signed with Ajax for €8.7 million ($8.9 m). In his first season with the club, he won the Eredivisie title.

Next season in his UCL debut season, he scored five goals to help his club reach the quarter-finals.

Italy Calling

After spending four seasons with Ajax, he signed with Juventus. In his first season, he scored 16 goals as Juventus finished top of the league. 

But a season later, Juventus was relegated to Seria B due to the Calciopoli scandal. Because of this incident, he left to join Inter Milan.

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Zlatan On Duty For Inter Milan (Source: SempreInter.com)

In the 2006-07 season, Zlatan scored team-high 15 goals, whereas Inter won the Scudetto with a record of 97 points.

Later, in the 2007 season, he won Seria A Footballer of the Year, scoring 17 goals and winning back-to-back Seria A titles.

Next season Zlatan became Seria, A top scorer for the first time with 25 goals. Likewise, he won back-to-back player of the year and hat trick Seria A titles.

Move to Spain

On 27th July 2009, Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed with Barcelona for €46 million ($47 m). He was presented in Camp Nou in front of 60,000 fans.

Although Zlatan initially signed a 5-year deal, he only played one season with Barca. Mainly due to a feud between him and the coach.  

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Ibrahimovic In UCL For Barcelona (Source: Twitter)

Overall, he scored 21 goals for the Catalonia side before moving to loan joining AC Milan. A season later, he joined the Italian side permanently.

In the 2011-12 season, he became Serie A top scorer with 28 goals. However, he could not help Milan win their back-to-back Serie A title. 

PSG

On 17th July 2012, Zlatan signed three years contract with PSG for $20.46 million. His annual salary of $14.33 million made him the second-best footballer.

As he was signed as a project set up by new Qatari owners, he didn’t disappoint them.

Zlatan helped PSG win the 12 titles, whereas he finished as the league’s top scorer in three seasons. 

His all-time goals for the PSG were 156, which were the highest until it was broken by his former teammate Edison Cavani.

A Short Stay At Premier League And MLS

Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed with Manchester United after being a free agent in 2016. Later, he became the oldest player to score 15 goals in Premier League history. 

Although Zlatan signed a one-year contract extension in August 2017, he terminated his contract six months later to join L.A. Galaxy.

In his single season at MLS, he broke the club record for most goals scored in a single regular season with 26 goals. 

Return To Italy

On January 02, 2020, Zlatan returned to AC Milan for six months contract with an extension option.

After scoring against Callegari on 11 January 2020, he set a landmark of scoring in four decades. Likewise, in a 3-1 victory against Parma, he made his 100th appearance.

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Zlatan Celebrating His Goal (Source: AC Milan)

After signing a 1-year contract extension, Zlatan scored in 9 consecutive starts for Milan in 2020-21.

Similarly, on 22nd April 2021, Zlatan reached 500 goals in a 4-0 win against Crotone. 

Club Career Stats

Club Apps Goals
PSG 180 156
AC Milan 159 92
Inter Milan 117 66
Ajax Amsterdam 110 48
Juventus 92 26
Los Angeles Galaxy 58 53
Manchester United 53 29
FC Barcelona 46 22
Malmo FF 40 16

Some Of His Accomplishments and Highlights:

  • Eleven-times Ballon d’Or Nominations
  • Finished Ballon d’Or in 4th place in 2013
  • Recepient of FIFA Puskás Award in 2013
  • Juventus Player of the Year in the 2004–05 season
  • MLS Greatest Goal in 2020

Zlatan Ibrahimovic | International Career

Zlatan has represented Sweden U-18 and U-21 sides. Although Zlatan was eligible to play for Sweden, Bosnia, or Croatia, he decided to play for Sweden.

On 31st January 2001, he made his debut in a 0-0 draw against the Faroe Islands. Later, Zlatan was named in the 2002 World Cup, where he played in 2 matches.

Zlaten helped Sweden qualify for UEFA Euro 2004, netting three goals in the qualifying campaign. During the tournament, his backheel goal in a 1-1 draw against Italy was named a tournament-best goal. 

Although he was the joint third-highest scorer in the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign with eight goals, he failed to score in the tournament.

Later, in UEFA Euro 2012, Zlatan’s volleying goal against France won the tournament’s best goal. He was named to Team of the Tournament.

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Zlatan Heading The Ball (Source: Evening Standard)

On 14th November 2012, Zlatan scored four goals in a 4-2 victory over England. His last goal, a 35-yard bicycle kick, won the 2013 FIFA Puskas Award.

On 4th September 2014, Ibrahimovic netted his 50th international goal in a 2-0 win over Estonia, becoming the country’s leading scorer.

In 2016 following Sweden’s exit from the first round of Euro 2016, he announced his retirement from the national team.

After Sweden clinched their place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Zlatan expressed his desire to return to the national side.

However, Janne Andersson mentioned he wouldn’t be called for the tournament.

Comeback

In 2020, Zlatan again hinted at returning to Sweden’s national team. Later, Andersson flew to Milan to discuss the matter. 

In the FIFA World Cup qualifiers 2022, he was named to the Sweden squad, making a comeback after five years of absence. In both Kosovo and Georgia matches, he provided one assist each. 

However, Sweden did not qualify for the Qatar World Cup so we will not be able to witness the greatness of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

International Career Stats

Competition Apps Goals
International Friendlies 39 18
World Cup qualification 34 19
UEFA Euro qualifying 30 19
Euro 13 6
World Cup 5

Zlatan Ibrahimovic | Injuries

Since his professional career, he has caught some minor injuries throughout. But some of the major injuries that made him miss more games ;

season 16/17

In this season, Zlatan suffered a cruciate ligament injury on April 20, 2017. This injury lasted for 210 days, ruling him out for 29 games.

Soon after his return from a ligament injury on Dec 25, 2017, he got his knee injury during a game keeping him out of the squad for 13 games.

season 20/21

At AC Milan, the Swedish international caught several injuries consequently.

On Nov 23, 2020, he suffered from a muscle injury ruling him out for 7 games, and on his return from this injury, he injured his calf. Altogether, Zlatan went on to miss 32 games throughout this season.

season 21/22

In the 21/22 season, his Knee and Achilles were his enemies, since he missed 20 games due to knee problems and Achilles tendon problems.

season 22/23

On May 23, 2022, Zlatan underwent knee surgery and has not been featured in a single game.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic | Personal Life

Family

Zlatan Ibrahimovic married Helen Segar in 2005 at Italy. As of now, Helena works as a real estate agent in Itlay.

Furthermore, she is a gym lover and spends at least an hour daily maintaining her body fitness.

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Zlatan With His Family (Source: The Sun)

Zlatan and Helena have an interesting love story. They first met in 2002 at the parking lot when their car bumped into each other.

As Seger was not in a good mood, she screamed at him. But Zlatan was fascinated by her future wife. Later they started dating.

To date, they have two children. Their first child Maximiliano was born in 2006, whereas the second one Vincent in 2008. 

Lifestyle

Ibrahimovic made a fortune playing soccer, and he is also making a good investment of that money.

Zlatan seems to like expensive things. His private plane Cessna Citation Longitude costs $26 million and has 12 leather seats. Likewise, his Riva 100 Corsaro yacht costs $9 million. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 Zlatan also purchased the church in Stockholm, for which he paid $11 million.

One of the famous purchases of Zlatan is Davenso island, the 13th largest island in Sweden.

But its price has not been disclosed yet. Five hundred hectares property also has a hunting ground, where he spends time for his passion hunting deer, wild boar, and fishing.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic | Salary And Business

Ibrahimovic was the highest earner in the AC Milan squad. He earned $187,000 per week.

However, after his knee surgery and missing out on a number of games, Zlatan Ibrahimovic agreed on a huge wage cut to stay at Serie A champions, AC Milan, for one more year.

Some sources claim that Ibrahimovic’s salary will drop to $2.5 million from $7 million.

On the contrary, his career earnings while playing for Manchester United was a whopping $35 million per year.

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Ibrahimovic Signed A New Contract With AC Milan (Source: Twitter)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic estimated net worth is $190 million.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was an official athlete of Nike Mercurial. During that period, he was hugely involved in brand promotion.

But in 2016, after launching his own brand A-Z Sportswear, he hasn’t been an official ambassador of any company.  

Later, from 2016 to 17, he switched to Adidas for sports equipment sponsorship. But he again returned to Nike season later.

Besides Nike, Zlatan gas promoted brands like Volvo, Vitamin Well sports drinks, Microsoft Xbox, and Nivea. 

Not to mention he released his documentary named Becoming Zlatan in 2015. The documentary starred several of his teammates.

Business

In 2016 Ibrahimovic initiated his own brand named A-Z Sportswear. His company sells men’s, women’s, and children’s sportswear. He collaborated with Petter Varner to make sports accessible to everyone. 

Furthermore, Zlatan also has his own Andriod game named Zlatan Legends. It is an online multiplayer game that involves a blend of racing and soccer. 

Likewise, in 2019 Ibrahimovic purchased 23.5% shares of the Swedish soccer club Hammarby IF. 

Charity

For many years, Ibrahimovic has worked with The UN World Food Program. He has promoted various campaigns helping to increase awareness around the world. 

One of his well-known campaigns is 805 million names, where he tattooed the names of 50 starving individuals ahead of games. 

Later in the press conference, Zlatan mentioned he wanted to support people suffering from hunger.

Likewise, although his Swedish side didn’t qualify for the 2014 World Cup, he made a great gesture to his national disabled soccer team.

Zlatan donated 350,000 Swedish Krona for their flights, hotels, and living expenses.

Similarly, in the recent Covid-19 outbreak in Italy, Zlatan organized a fundraiser to strengthen health facilities. 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic | Controversies

Controversy in sports is common. Since his childhood, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has already been involved in many controversies in his career.

In 2004 Zlatan threatened to break the leg of his Ajax teammate Van der Vaart after Vaart accused him of deliberately injuring him in an international friendly. 

During his time at Barcelona, Zlatan allegedly threw a training kit all over the room and insulted Guardiola.

Later, Carles Vikarrubi, vice president, stated Zlatan threatened to beat up Guardiola publicly if he was not released. 

In 2011 he was handed 3 match ban for punching Marco Rossi during the match. Likewise, in 2012 Zlatan was handed 2 match ban for kicking Saint Etienne player Stephane Ruffier. 

Likewise, in 2013 his former teammate Lucas Moura stated Zlatan frequently insulted his teammates. 

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Zlatan And Ronaldo Battling For Ball (Source: Manchester Evening News)

French media company L’Equipe branded Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic as the most arrogant footballers across the globe.

After Coupe de la Ligue game against Lille, Zlatan told his teammate not to talk with a journalist stating himself as the boss when asked the reason.

In July 2019, Zlatan made controversial remarks about the MLS level of play, mentioning Ferrari among Fiats. 

Later in November 2019, after buying a share of Hammarby, rivals of his boyhood club, his statue was vandalized by Malmo fans.

In 2021 Zlatan came under fire for his comments aimed toward Lebron James and other players regarding their social and political activism. 

Recently he passed a brutal comment when asked about Haaland and his career improvement in Manchester City. He said, ” That depends on the ego that Guardiola has. If he allows himself to be bigger than Haaland or not. He did not allow me or the others to be as big.” 

However, Guardiola responded to this comment in a sarcastic way, “He is right, he is completely right. In this club, in this team, my ego is beyond every other person, every player.”

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic | Social Media Presence

Currently, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts. Although Zlatan has more than millions of followers on these handles, he doesn’t consider himself an active social media guy. He uses the handles @iamzlatanibrahimovic on Instagram, @Zlatan Ibrahimović on Facebook, and @Zlatan Ibrahimović on Twitter.

  • Instagram: 56.3m followers

  • Facebook: 39m followers
  • Twitter: 8.6m followers

Furthermore, Zlatan mentions he doesn’t live a social media life.

Trivia

  • Zlatan holds blackbelt in taekwondo. During his childhood, he attended the Malmo Taekwondo club. Furthermore, he can kick 7ft 6 inches into the sky. 
  • Zlatan is the one and the only footballer to score Champion league goals for six different clubs.
  • The term “To Zlatan” named is added to the Swedish dictionary, which means to dominate.
  • In 2011, he published a book, I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, to tell his story on and off. 
  • In 2014, he gave all of his PSG teammates a free Xbox as a gift.
  • During his spell at PSG, Zlatan banned players from carrying their own bags and asked employees to do that job. Later, he increased their salary.
  • In France, at Doddy’s cafe, there is a burger named after Zlatan known as “Le Zlatan.”
  • Zlatan has won the Swedish footballer of the year record 12 times. Moreover, he won 10 consecutive from 2007 to 2016
  • His agent is Mina Raiola. 
  • Zlatan has won a team trophy with every club he has played except L.A. Galaxy.
  • Zlatan scored more than 50% of his goals after he turned 30.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic | Popularity

Zlatan is continuously involved in controversies and is featured in different news for his goals or bold statements targeting different soccer personnel.

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Zlatan’s Popularity Worldwide

The above graph gives a brief information about Zlatan’s popularity all over the world.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic | Frequently Asked Questions

How many clubs does Ibrahimovic have played?

Since his debut, Zlatan has always been one of the top strikers in Europe. Overall, he has played for nine clubs in his career.

Moreover, Zlatan always continued his goal-scoring form for every club he played. In 833 club career appearances, he has scored 502 goals. 

Has Zlatan Ibrahimovic sustained an injury?

Yes, the player has suffered an Achillies Tendon injury that will keep him off the football field for a while. 

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