39 years old means nothing when your name is Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Into his third decade as a professional footballer at the highest level, the Swedish striker is still performing at the very highest level for AC Milan this season.
Despite missing several games after testing positive for COVID-19, Zlatan is currently the top goalscorer in Serie A with 6 goals in the first 3 games of the season. With his brace against Roma during Monday’s 3-3 draw, Ibrahimovic moved himself level for both Milan clubs with 57 goals each in Serie A.
He is without a doubt one of the best strikers of his generation, but also the generation after his own too.
Zlatan moved to PSG aged 31, with many believing it would be the last big move of his career. Since then he has suffered a career-threatening knee injury and gone to the MLS following a short stint at Manchester United and then returned to Italy to continue to dominate.
Since his move to Paris, Ibrahimovic has played 316 times in all competitions scoring an unbelievable 256 goals as of writing. He has won Ligue 1, Coupe De France, Coupe De la Ligue, Trophee des Champions, the EFL Cup and the Europa League as well as becoming the top goalscorer in PSG history during his time there.
He’s a player who is physically gifted and an absolute specimen, yet he’s never relied solely on his physical attributes to succeed. His technique is among the best we’ve ever seen and his ball-striking and movement see him score goals for fun.
The only thing missing from his resumé is a Champions League title, but he will go down with legends of the game like Ronaldo and Gianluigi Buffon with that asterisk next to his name. He is still one of the best strikers in the history of football.
With AC Milan currently 22 games unbeaten and sitting at the top of the league in the early stages of this campaign, Ibrahimovic isn’t rolling back the years – he’s keeping the years rolling.