Official: Zlatan returns to AC Milan

It’s official: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned to AC Milan as an advisor to the owner, in contrast to rumors that the legendary striker would replace Stefano Pioli as head coach.

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Ibrahimovic began his second spell with the Rossoneri in early 2020, winning the Scudetto with them in 2011 and helping them win the title again in 2021-22.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns to AC Milan

The Swede’s new role will be senior adviser to the club’s ownership and agreement. Ibrahimovic left Rossoneri only six months ago as the 42-year-old talisman announced his retirement.

Ibra retires 6 months ago
Ibra retires 6 months ago

He had a career fueled up with goals and titles, having to bang for Europeans like Juventus, Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, and Man United.

Ibrahimovic won leagues in four countries and is the national team’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Ibrahimovic’s new role

The former Serie A talisman will take on a pivotal role this time off the field. He will consult AC Milan’s owners, American investment firm RedBird, who bought the Serie A club for £1bn in August 2022.

Ibrahimovic is appointed as an operating partner across its sports, media and entertainment investment portfolio, which includes AC Milan.

Ibrahimovic’s first words as a consultant

Ibrahimovic, who first joined AC Milan on loan in 2010, said: “My love for the Rossoneri will never die, and the opportunity to be a part of its future in a meaningful way is something I could only have dreamed of.

“This is not a decision that I take lightly – it is very important and personal to me and my family. I’ve thought long and hard about the first steps in my post-playing career and I couldn’t be more thrilled to start that journey as a member of RedBird and AC Milan.

Ibrahimovic returned as consultant for AC Milan's owner
Ibrahimovic returned as consultant for AC Milan’s owner

“For me and my family, this is truly a homecoming with the cherished club where I ended my playing career and am now starting my next chapter.”