Quick Bit: Despite his advancing age and a serious knee injury, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be playing on in the 2022-23 season.
Despite his advancing age and a serious knee injury, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be playing on in the 2022-23 season.
The Swedish striker helped AC Milan to the Serie A title last campaign and was handed a new deal by the club in July.
While Ibrahimovic’s days are numbered, he’s proving footballers can play on at a high level for longer than ever before.
How long is Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s new AC Milan contract?
After some speculation he would leave AC Milan, the club confirmed Ibrahimovic had signed a new one-year contract on July 18.
Ibrahimovic will continue to wear the number 11 shirt having rejoined the Italian cub in December 2019.
The Sweden international also spent two seasons at AC Milan between 2010 and 2012 meaning the 2022-23 campaign will be his sixth for the club across his two stints.
What is Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s salary at AC Milan?
According to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, Ibrahimovic will earn EUR2.5 million (?2m/$2.5m) this year at AC Milan.
This marks a significant decrease from the EUR7 million (?5.8m/$7m) he was on last season but with the striker currently sidelined, the paycut makes plenty of sense for both parties.
When will Zlatan Ibrahimovic return for AC Milan?
Ibrahimovic confirmed at the end of last season that he had been playing with a major knee injury and subsequently underwent surgery for it in May.
Reports at the time suggested he would be sidelined for six to eight months meaning he likely won’t play again for AC Milan in 2022.
A return in early 2023 is more possible, and considering Ibrahimovic’s age-defying acts so far, you’d be brave to bet against him not recovering quickly.
How old is Zlatan Ibrahimovic?
Speaking of age, Ibrahimovic is currently 40 years old and will turn 41 on October 3, 2022.
To put that in perspective, Brazilian legend Ronaldinho is currently 42 and last played competitively in 2015.
So how has Ibrahimovic lasted so long?
“The secret to my longevity is in the mind, as I am trying to prove that 40 is just a number and I can continue to do what I love,” Ibrahimovic told Telefoot in November 2021.
“I want to keep improving every day. Obviously, I can’t play the way I did before, but I am more intelligent now and have more experience. I am not surprised by my performances, I am the best.
“I have nothing more to prove, but I don’t want to retire and then regret it, thinking I could’ve continued.
“I don’t want to stop until I am kicked out, well and truly finished.”
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