Ibrahimovic led Milan to the top of the Italian league after he was in a late position before reaching the team (Reuters)
The Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, striker of the Italian football team Milan, was crowned for the twelfth time in his career, the Golden Ball award as the best Swedish player of the year, in a virtual ceremony held on Tuesday evening.
The jury stated that Ibrahimovic “is a player with unique abilities and has continued a unique professional career through another exciting season.”
Ibrahimovic, 39, said upon winning the award, “Everything is possible if you wish and believe in it.”
Ibrahimovi won the award for the first time in 2005.
Ibrahimovic presented the award he won yesterday to the fans, saying, “There is a saying that the fans are the 12th player on the stadium.”
He added, referring to the absence of fans from the stadiums in light of the continuing crisis of the Corona pandemic, “There is really a vacuum without them, I hope things will return to normal.”
Ibrahimovic confirmed that the support of the fans helped him return after the knee injury he suffered a few years ago.
Ibrahimovi was also crowned the best Swedish striker in the world for the 15th time in his career.
“He is unique. A physical phenomenon,” the jury said, noting that Ibrahimovi had made a tremendous contribution to “revitalizing” Milan.
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Ibrahimovic retired from international football after the last European Nations Cup (Euro 2016), after scoring 62 goals in 116 matches with the national team, and he was the top scorer in the history of the Swedish national team.
Source: German News Agency