BEVERLY HILLS, April 22, (THEWILL) – After a very impressive return to the Milan club for the 2020/2021 season with goals that kept Italian Serie A side AC Milan in contention for the Scudetto for long periods this season, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been given the chance to continue his ageless display with the renewal of his contract by the club.
On Thursday, Milan announced that Ibrahimovic will stay for at least another season after the two sides agreed to a one-year contract extension for the 39-year-old veteran and well-travelled striker. Currently, the Swede international is the leading goal-scorer this season in the side with 15 goals to his name and two assists to complete 17 goal involvements in 17 appearances.
Milan are second in the Serie A standings, trailing league leaders Inter Milan by 10 points after 32 matches and with only six left. Although not the title run it appeared it was going to be earlier in the season, finishing as runners up will be Milan’s first top-four finish in Serie A since the 2012-13 campaign and some of that is attributable to Ibrahimovic’s contribution and inspiration.
All together with his younger years in Milan, this will be the Swede’s fourth season with AC Milan. In that time, Ibrahimovic has accumulated 130 appearances in the Rossoneri colours and found the back of the net 84 times. In his debut year at the Milan side, he helped the club win the league title in the 2010/2011 season. After leaving Manchester United and playing two seasons in the American Major League Soccer (MLS) striking for the Los Angeles Galaxy, he returned to Milan once again.
The globetrotting forward has a resume that is largely unmatched and equally incredible for the pedigree of the clubs he has featured for, including some of the biggest sides in world football. They include Manchester United, Barcelona, Juventus, Inter and Paris Saint-Germain. As a result, Ibrahimovic boasts of domestic titles in Ligue 1, Serie A and La Liga with a high 13 first-place finishes in his career.
As a bonus to his countless achievements, the gifted and bold Swede has also made UEFA’s Team of the Year four times so far.
At an age where most players will be in decline and out of the rigours of active involvement in team football, Zlatan appears to be getting better at being a difference-maker on the pitch and as a striker that can produce that required goal at the slightest invitation. This latest deal will keep him with Milan past his 40th birthday in October but the tireless forward will still be pushing himself to the limits.