(CNN) — Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has announced his retirement from soccer at the age of 41.
The striker made the announcement after AC Milan’s 3-1 win over Hellas Verona on Sunday. The club had previously announced that it would hold a short ceremony to send off the Swedish footballer.
“I can’t breathe but it’s okay, so many memories and emotions inside this stadium. The first time I arrived they gave me happiness; the second time, love. I want to thank my family and loved ones for their patience,” said an emotional Ibrahimovic to the Rossoneri fans at San Siro.
“I want to thank my second family. The players, the coach and his team for the responsibility they have given me. I want to thank the managers for the opportunity they have given me. And last but not least least important, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to you, the fans.
“They welcomed me with open arms and I will be a Milan fan all my life. It’s time to say goodbye to football, but not to you. It’s too difficult, there are too many emotions. If you’re lucky, we’ll see you here. Forza Milan and goodbye”, concluded.
In his career, the 41-year-old footballer has played for Malmö FF, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, LA Galaxy and Manchester United.
Ibrahimovic retires as Sweden’s all-time top scorer, with 62 goals in 121 international matches.
Source: CNN Espanol