Zlatan returns to Milan

Nick Jehamy  | December 27th, 2019

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the greatest personalities not only in soccer but in all sports. The veteran striker has been on nine different club teams since the year 2000 and is considered one of the most electric players in the sport. At the end of the MLS season where Zlatan played for the LA Galaxy, he posted on Twitter poking at the idea he was leaving the club and Major League Soccer all together to head back overseas, the only question was where. Well now we know, Zlatan will be heading back to Italy to play for Serie A club AC Milan on a six-month contract to finish out the season with an option for a further year afterward.

Zlatan is coming off two seasons in the MLS where he hit the ground running. The MLS does not have the greatest following but when Zlatan came the LA Galaxy was a must-watch whenever they played. In his time in the United States, he played 56 matches for the Galaxy and scored 52 goals! He will now be heading overseas to face off against other superstar strikers with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku, and Ciro Immobile.

This will be Zlatan’s first trip back to Serie A since 2012 when he played for AC Milan and led the league in goals scored with 28 on the season. Zlatan has also suited up in the past for the current top two teams in the league, Internazionale Milan and Juventus. In total Zlatan has spent seven years playing in Serie A in the past, now he will return to join a club who can use his scoring prowess. AC Milan is 11th in the standings but only has 16 goals on the season, which is the fifth least in the league with their leading goal scorers being Theo Hernandez and Krzysztof Piatek with four goals apiece. Milan is too far off to contend for the Serie A title or even an automatic bid for the UEFA Champions League group stage, but they are eight points out of sixth place which would give them a bid in for the Europa League Qualifiers. It is a steep hill to climb but with a little, more than half the season left, it is very possible. We have seen Zlatan dominate for clubs before, Serie A is known for its strong defensive teams, can he make a big enough impact right off the bat? We’ll soon find out.

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