There has been a lot of searches on why Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not playing for Sweden at the World Cup? Here is the answer
Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired from Sweden duty in 2016 following the European Championships. That’s after scoring 62 goals in 116 appearances for the Scandinavian nation.
In a statement at the time he said:
“It feels heavy. It feels disappointing but at the same time I enjoyed it. We had the possibility of playing in the European Championships, I represented Sweden at this tournament so at the same time I am proud.
“This was my last game and I have many fantastic memories of the national team. It is a nice story as where I came from, what people called the little ghetto, I made the country my country. Sweden.”
However, he hinted he may return to the international fold for the World Cup this summer.
“I miss the national team. If I want, I do it. I want to feel I can deliver a good performance,” he said.
“We’ll see, it’s a tough question. I want to feel that I can perform and give back. I don’t want to come just because I’m somebody. The door isn’t closed for anything.”
However, it turned out to be merely a protracted commercial campaign. The 36-year-old has flown out to Russia where he is working for card company VISA.
He tweeted a picture of himself with super agent Mino Raiola last week and said:
“Now the World Cup can officially begin #minoraiola.” The image got more than 1.1m likes on the site.