The match against the Belgians in the third round of the group stage of the European championship on football can be for Zlatan Ibrahimovic last in the form of Sweden. The renowned striker announced the completion of an international career, reports the press service of the tournament.
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“Our final match for Euro 2016 will be my last with the national team of Sweden, but I hope it will not happen tomorrow,” said Ibrahimovic at the pre-match press conference. – I will not participate in the Olympic games and will end my international career after the Euro. I hope our stay at the tournament will last as long as possible. To leave on a sad note? Never!”
To keep chances to qualify from the group, the Scandinavians will do anything to beat the Belgians, because in the first two rounds, they scored just one point. Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo, yet failed to score at Euro 2016. The Swede and the Portuguese still retain a chance to go down in history as the first players to have scored in four Championships of the continent.
Zlatan made his debut for the national team in 2001 and since then has participated in a number of major tournaments. At the moment on account of 34-year-old striker 115 matches and 62 goals for the national team of Sweden. He is the best scorer in the history of the national team.
“I am proud of their achievements and the fact that I wear the captain’s armband in the national team of Sweden. Want to take a moment and thank all of our fans, which I just made up. Without them it would be impossible. No matter where I was, next to me will always be Swedish flag. For me, there is disappointment. Only pride and gratitude. So thank you for everything,” he added.
At club level, Ibrahimovic in the last season defended the colors of Paris Saint-Germain, also becoming the top scorer in its history, but at the end of the season left the team as a free agent. The most likely option of continuing his career is the English “Manchester United”.