Despite the fact Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains a world class player at the top of his game for Manchester United; it doesn’t stop the high wage earner from paying a trip down to where it all started in his native Sweden.
It was revealed by Sportsmail on Sunday that the Swede is prepared to reject a £120m offer from a Chinese club to extend his contract with United, and the charismatic striker showed his usual humility by visiting the playing area dedicated to him.
The playing area named “Zlatan Court,” is a purpose-built practice pitch acquired by Nike for the children of the Rosengard estate, was where the former PSG striker first got exposed to football and where the dream to become a professional footballer started.
The Swedish park that idolizes Ibrahimovic was his gateway to glory, and there is even a message inscribed on a bridge in the district which carries the message: ‘You can take the man out of Rosengard, but you cannot take the Rosengard out of the man.’
The 35-year-old kicked football around Rosengard in his formative years before his breathtaking performances for Malmo FC led Dutch club, Ajax to pay £7million to sign him in 2001. He has then gone on to win 11 league titles for different clubs across four different countries, but he hasn’t forgotten his background after returning to his homeland.
The Prolific striker scored his 15th and 16th goals of the season in the 2-0 victory over West Brom Albion on Saturday. He posted a picture on his Instagram profile that shows him leaning against the entrance of the football field named after him. He captions the photo with: ‘Where it all started #Rosengård.’
The in-form marksman, who has scored eight goals in his last seven games, will return to training ahead of United’s Boxing Day match at home to Sunderland.