Zlatan Ibrahimovic announces retirement from international football

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has just dropped a bombshell, announcing he will be retiring from international football after Euro 2016. 

It’s the news that Swedish fans never wanted to hear. Sweden’s greatest ever goalscorer and captain is set to hang up the boots for his country after Euro 2016, and hopes he can turn around his sides poor form.

“The last game for Sweden at the Euros will be my last game for Sweden. I hope it is not tomorrow,” said Ibrahimovic.

Either way, I will not end disappointed. I am very proud to be captain of Sweden.

With 62 goals and 115 appearances to his name, Zlatan has made Sweden a force to be reckoned with over the years. He was a crucial part of Sweden’s road to Euro 2016 in France, scoring 11 goals in the qualification stages.

This tournament hasn’t gone to plan for the self-proclaimed ‘legend of Paris’, with the striker failing to score a goal after the first two group games.

Sweden must win against Belgium to take their place in second position, and guarantee automatic qualification to the round of 16.

Zlatan’s last two uncharacteristic performances will leave a bitter taste in his mouth, and will surely not be the way he dreamed of going out.

We can be sure to see some fireworks in tomorrow’s game between Sweden and Belgium at 9:00pm in Nice.

Ari Charilaou