Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Career in Numbers

Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United.

When thinking of household names from the world of football, one of the first players everyone thinks of is Ibrahimovic. With his huge frame, massive ego and immense talent, the Swede is hard to forget about.

Ibrahimovic with his first major trophy for Manchester United.

After scoring the winning goal in the 2016/17 League Cup final, we take a look at Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career in numbers from his early days at Ajax right up to present day.

8

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career has seen him travel all over Europe, playing for 8 hugely successful teams in the Swedish, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, French and English top flights.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's career improved at Ajax.

The clubs the Swede has played for are: Malmo FF, Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United.

715

As of today (2/3/17), Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career has seen him play in 715 matches for his 8 clubs, the most of which he played at Paris Saint Germain (180).

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's career brought him to PSG.

Below is a breakdown of the amount of games Ibrahimovic played for each club he represented:

Malmo FF: 47

Ajax: 110

Juventus: 92

Internazionale: 117

Barcelona: 46

AC Milan: 85

Paris Saint Germain: 180

Manchester United: 38

418

Despite being 35 years of age, the big Swede is still managing to score goals at the highest level in football. Having scored 26 goals in 38 games for Manchester United, there is no sign of him slowing down either.

Zlatan scoring for AC Milan

Through scoring 418 goals, he has become one of the most successful goal-scorers in European history. Below is a breakdown of  the goals scored for each club in Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career.

Malmo FF: 18

Ajax: 48

Juventus: 26

Internazionale: 66

Barcelona: 22

AC Milan: 56

Paris Saint Germain: 156

Manchester United: 26

32

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career has seen him win 32 major trophies making him the second most decorated active footballer in the world after Maxwell of Paris Saint Germain who has 35.

Many trophies have been won throughout Zlatan Ibrahimovic's career.

Of the 32 major trophies, 11 of them have been League winners medals. He has in fact won two more league trophies, with Juventus, however they were revoked due to the Calciopoli scandal.
The prolific striker is yet to win a major European honour with any of his clubs.

133,200,000

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's career brought him to Barcelona.

Throughout Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career, a massive fee of £133,200,000 has been paid for his services. The most paid for him was £56,500,000 by Barcelona to Internazionale in July 2009, this deal also included Samuel Eto’o going the opposite way.

Below is a list of how much each club paid for the big man:

Malmo FF: Trainee

Ajax: £5,000,000

Juventus: £12,000,000

Internazionale: £20,000,000

Barcelona: £56,500,000

AC Milan: £24,000,000

Paris Saint Germain: £15,700,000

Manchester United: Free

Champions League: Ties of the Round

The Round of 16 for the Champions League 2015/16 has thrown up some very tasty fixtures, as well as a fixture which has become a familiarity in the past few seasons too.

Arsenal v Barcelona:
It seems that every season in the Champions League Arsenal draw one of the favourites to win the tournament in the Round of 16, and get knocked out.

2010/2011: Knocked out by Barcelona
2011/2012: Knocked out by AC Milan
2012/2013: Knocked out by Bayern Munich
2013/2014:Knocked out by Bayern Munich
2014/2015: Knocked out by Monaco

This year Arsene Wenger’s men get to face the unstoppable front three of Messi, Suarez and Neymar… good luck!

Paris Saint Germaine v Chelsea:
For the third year running, Chelsea have been drawn against French club, Paris Saint Germaine. Two of Europe’s biggest teams will yet again battle it out to advance in the competition.

2013/14: Chelsea 3:3 PSG – Chelsea win on away goals.
2014/15:Chelsea 3:3 PSG – PSG on away goals after extra time.

Expect to see another 3-3 draw, it seems to be a running trend for this fixture!

Juventus v Bayern Munich:
Last year’s finalists, Juventus, have been drawn against the seemingly unstoppable German force that is Bayern Munich. Despite having a team which is arguably weaker than last year’s team after the departure of the likes of Carlos Tevez and Andrea Pirlo, Juventus are still a massive threat to Bayern, who are at the summit of the Bundesliga.

The Other Ties:

Roma v Real Madrid

Benfica v Zenit St. Petersburg

Gent v Wolfsburg

The Price of Football (Kits)

With the recent debate about the expensive nature of going to see your favourite team play nowadays, I thought it relevant to compare the prices of each Premier League team’s home kit on sale at their official websites. The ‘Price of Football’ argument has been mainly about ticket prices, however, there is no doubt that the argument can be applied to replica kit prices too.

All shirts are home shirts, short sleeve, with no printing.
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Devilishly expensive: a United replica home shirt will put a £60 hole in a fan's pocket.
Devilishly expensive: a United replica home shirt will put a £60 hole in a fan’s pocket.

The cheapest mens replica shirt a fan can buy from a club’s official website is Liverpool’s at £39.99, although this is currently on sale, usual price being £49.99. On the other end of the spectrum, the gong for most expensive replica shirt goes to Manchester United, who’s home kit costs a whopping £60. Women’s home shirts are not much cheaper than men’s, with the cheapest coming from Liverpool (again on sale) at £39.99 and the most expensive belonging to Manchester City, Manchester United and Spurs at £55. In general, Junior kits are cheaper than their adult counterparts, and rightly so, however, until recently, Manchester United were charging a ludicrous £60 for a Junior replica shirt; they have brought it down to a ‘more modest’ £50 though.

It seems that as well as charging a high price for tickets, Premier League teams are charging quite a lot of money for their replica kits too. No wonder why so many fans are disgruntled at the rising price of watching football in England. However, if we were to compare England’s most expensive kits with the kits of European heavyweights, a new story is told.
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(Prices converted from Euros to Pounds using Google Converter)

This 'Authentic' Barcelona shirt will only cost you £90.
This ‘Authentic’ Barcelona shirt will only cost you £90.

Manchester United’s £60 for a home shirt is in-keeping with the prices top European football clubs charge for their shirts (with the exception of Bayern Munich, because, well, Germans do everything right nowadays). Barcelona, for example, charge £65 for both their men and women’s home shirts; compare this to Chelsea, who charge £55 and £50 respectively for their own replicas, and it seems that the prices for the English club’s kits are not too bad at all. Interestingly, all 5 of the European teams covered in this article have ‘Authentic Jerseys’ for sale. These are not replicas, and that is reflected in the average £90 price tag.

 

So, are we right to complain about the price of football? Yes. We have every right to complain when Norwich City’s home kit costs a fan as much as a Bayern Munich home kit would cost. Added to the rising prices of both match and season tickets, the average English Premier League fan is being put out of pocket in every aspect of supporting a team, no wonder it has recently been reported that Bayern Munich are outraged at the price of tickets Arsenal are charging for their up-and-coming Champions League clash.