The 39-year-old forward is set to make a comeback to international football after an almost five-year absence.
The Swede had flirted with head coach Janna Andersson over the past couple of months about a possible return, and the speculation has now been confirmed with Ibrahimovic posting a picture of himself in a Sweden jersey from a few years ago with the caption: “The return of the God”.
The Milan striker will be called up for Sweden’s World Cup Qualifiers later this month where he’ll take on Georgia and Kosovo, as well as partaking in a friendly against Estonia. The Swede is currently injured but should return for Milan’s second leg vs Manchester United. Zlatan will arguably be the best player on the Swedish roster, and he will hope to help to be a leading figure in their Euro 2021 campaign.
While Ibrahimovic may bring more quality and security up top, it is likely Janna Andersson will have to accommodate his tactics to the forward. Sweden managed to qualify for the Euros without him and his immediate return may disrupt some of the chemistry and success the squad has found in recent years.
Most Milan fans are likely furious with Ibrahimovic’s decision to rejoin Sweden. He may still be a world-class player, but Ibrahimovic is still in the body of a 39-years-old. He has been out this season on multiple occasions with different injuries, and he is not going to get any younger. All it would take is one bad tackle on Ibrahimovic, and his playing career could be over. This season has seen a tight schedule of fixtures and with Zlatan now having the chance to be injured during international breaks, Milan fans should be even more worried about losing their star-forward sooner than expected.