Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on the record trail as he readies to compete in his fourth and most likely last, European Championship in the country where he’s enjoyed so much success for his club Paris Saint-Germain. Sweden’s 34-year-old talisman will lead out his team Monday against Ireland at Stade de France on the outskirts of Paris after four title-winning seasons for PSG.
“It will be really special to lead my country as captain in such a big competition, especially since it’s being held in France where I’ve played my club football,” Ibrahimovic said in an interview published on UEFA’s website.
Euro 2016 now gets Ibrahimovic’s full focus after fevered speculation largely fueled by himself, it must be said about which club he will join next. Manchester United, and a reunion with his former Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho, is his expected landing spot.
Ibrahimovic heightened speculation that something was afoot when he said he would announce “bombshell” news in Paris last week. Instead, he had media flocking to a launch event for his new line of clothing.
Ibrahimovic was at the forefront of Sweden’s qualification for Euro 2016, netting 11 goals in the process. As well as looking to help his team advance in the competition, Ibrahimovic is aiming for two scoring records.
Both Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo are among seven players who have scored in three Euro finals tournaments. The Swede can be first to make it four on Monday.
The two superstars each have six career Euro tournament goals. Michel Platini’s mark of nine all scored when host France won in 1984 is clearly in range.