AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has decided to continue playing for another season, recently signing a one-year contract extension which will keep the Swede at the San Siro past his 41st birthday.
After helping Milan to their first Scudetto since 2011 last season, it looked like the perfect way for Ibrahimovic to bow out from football – he had just helped his side to a league title for the first time in over a decade and he had the adoration of Milan fans – but ultimately, we will see the striker playing football in 2022-23 after the news of his new deal broke.
However, fans won’t be seeing Ibrahimovic in action until at least the New Year – the striker will miss the first half of next season due to the recovery time he will need after undergoing knee surgery in May – he is estimated to be out for around 7-8 months. But the fact that he has still been offered a new contract at the San Siro despite the fact he will be absent for many months shows how much Milan value Ibrahimovic.
Zlatan’s new deal does raise the question – if Ibrahimovic does return to action next season, then how long will he actually continue to play football for afterwards? Ibrahimovic is currently 40 years old and is still playing in one of Europe’s top-5 leagues, which is not only amazing in itself, but is also extremely rare.
Take into account the fact that Ibrahimovic has suffered a serious injury in recent years yet has still managed to carry on playing to a very respectable level, and it does look like Ibrahimovic could be playing at the top level for a few more years.