October 3, 1981 (42)
Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer who has had a massive impact on the sport, playing for several top European clubs like Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, and AC Milan. Known for his technical skills and ability to score goals, he has also become a cultural icon outside the realm of football.
Ibrahimović has scored some of the most memorable goals in modern football, many of which have gone viral. His career trajectory has included several significant landmarks such as a gravity-defying “scorpion kick” goal for Sweden against England in 2012, and a long-distance bicycle kick that also captured global attention. He’s also the all-time leading scorer for Paris Saint-Germain, with 156 goals in 180 appearances.
Throughout his career, Ibrahimović has collaborated with multiple individuals across various fields. In football, his partnerships with teammates like Lionel Messi at Barcelona, Andrés Iniesta at Barcelona, and Paul Pogba at Manchester United have been memorable. Outside football, he has worked with David Beckham on promoting the sport in the United States, appeared in commercials with Kobe Bryant, and even sparred with boxer Mike Tyson for a promotional event. In the world of fashion, he has collaborated with designer Olivier Rousteing. He also shared screen time with actor Dolph Lundgren in a Volvo commercial and has had friendly exchanges with musicians like Robbie Williams and Noel Gallagher.
Ibrahimović has received numerous awards and distinctions in his career, including being named Swedish Footballer of the Year multiple times and receiving the Golden Foot award in 2012. He has also been included in the UEFA Team of the Year and the FIFPro World XI. His time at Paris Saint-Germain was especially fruitful, where he won several Ligue 1 titles and became the club’s all-time leading scorer.