Ibrahi­movic to quit int’l duty af­ter Euro

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

NICE—Swe­den’s su­per­star striker Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic an­nounced on Tues­day he will re­tire from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball af­ter Euro 2016.

“The last game with Swe­den in the Euro will be my last game with Swe­den. So I hope it won’t be to­mor­row,” Ibrahi­movic, 34, told a press con­fer­ence ahead of Wed­nes­day’s fi­nal Group E game against Bel­gium in Nice.

Swe­den’s record goalscorer with 62 goals, Ibrahi­movic is look­ing to be­come the first player to score in four Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship fi­nals.

Swe­den must beat Bel­gium to stand a chance of ad­vanc­ing to the last 16.

“I will not par­tic­i­pate in the Olympics be­cause my last game will be the last game Swe­den does in this Euro. So let’s hope it goes as long as pos­si­ble,” he said.

Ibrahi­movic, a record 10-time win­ner of the na­tional Guld­bollen award for player of the year, said he would go out with his head held high re­gard­less of Wed­nes­day’s re­sult.

“To fin­ish in a dis­ap­point­ment, never. Be­cause I’m very proud to be the cap­tain of Swe­den and of what I’ve achieved.

“I want to take this mo­ment and thank all the sup­port­ers be­cause they made it pos­si­ble for me to achieve what I have achieved. With­out them it would not have been pos­si­ble.

“So wher­ever I go, wher­ever I come, I’ll all­ways bring the Swedish flag with me and stand with it. So for me dis­ap­point­ment doesn’t ex­ist, only proud­ness, and grate­ful. I’m very thank­ful. So thank you.”

Ibrahi­movic is out of con­tract with Paris Saint-Ger­main af­ter four sea­sons in Ligue 1, but is yet to com­mit to a new club, although Manch­ester United are ru­moured to be favourites to seal his sign­ing.—AFP

HUIZHOU: Greece’s An­ge­los Vla­chopou­los (L) passes the ball in a group match be­tween Ja­pan and Greece dur­ing 2016 FINA Men’s Wa­ter Polo World League Su­per fi­nal in Huizhou, Spitj China’s Guang­dong Province.

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