Zlatan Ibrahimovic: End of an Era?
June 9, 2017

Yesterday, ESPNFC’s website screamed a headline: Zlatan to be released without being offered a new contract at Manchester United. This undoubtedly sank the hopes of football fans by the millions, and probably will be a rather disappointing anti-climax to one of the most illustrious careers in modern day football.

Yes, he will be moving somewhere to the United States now to play in the MLS, but nobody can deny the fact that the giant Swede’s still got firepower in those legs, and that burning desire to excel as he did show last season. 51 matches, 28 goals and 17 of those in the Premier League. Not bad for a 35-year old.

Yes, that self-esteem was (and still is) at an all-time high, and sometimes borders on the hilariously superficial, but that can be excused for this lad, so to speak, as the astounding goals he has scored is second to none.

Manchester United cannot be blamed either, as spending 300k quid a week for at least another five months on an injured player does not exactly make for great logic. At the same time, the impact that the Swede left in his first and presumably last season for Manchester United has been absolutely remarkable.

A constant attacking threat throughout his almost two decades in European football, his almighty contributions would be missed.

A stature bigger than his 6’5″ frame, that’s how Zlatan will continue to be until he retires. Or wait. I don’t think that ego will calm down ever. So yes, try to sit back, watch ’em highlight reels and yes, hope that United does change its mind however less possible that maybe. Or else. Wait for that guy to pop up with some more acrobatic goals wherever he plays next.

‘Cuz the moment does not choose Zlatan. Zlatan chooses the moment.

-Anirudh Bhagavatula

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