Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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About Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimović (born on 3 October 1981 in Malmö, Sweden) is a Swedish football striker of Bosnian and Croatian parentage who plays for Spanish La Liga club FC Barcelona and the Swedish national team. As of February 2009, Ibrahimović, along with Kaká, were the highest salaried football players in the world with an annual pay of €9 million. Ibrahimović won the Capocannonieri on 31 May, 2009 with 25 domestic goals during the season. Ibrahimović currently holds the record for the second highest transfer fee in football history, with a total of €69 million.In 2000, Ibrahimović came to Sarajevo to try out for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team . Due to his tender age of 19, the coach told him that he would play for the Bosnian Olympic team. Ibrahimović replied that he would only consider playing for A selection, so he left and accepted a call from Sweden national under-21 football team even though his father, Šefik, wanted his son to play for Bosnia . Ibrahimović debuted for Sweden in a goalless friendly match against the Faroe Islands on 31 January 2001. His first competitive match was a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan on 7 October. Ibrahimović was part of Sweden's 2002 World Cup finals squad who were eliminated in the round of 16 by newcomers Senegal. Ibrahimović was a fixture in the starting lineup for Euro 2004, scoring a penalty against Bulgaria and rounding off a fine performance against the solid defense of Italy by scoring a late equaliser. However, he missed a penalty as Sweden were sent home following a shootout loss to the Netherlands. He went scoreless during the 2006 World Cup finals as Sweden were again snuffed out in the round of 16, this time by Germany. He was called up for a Euro 2008 qualifier against Liechtenstein on 6 September 2006, but two days before the match, he violated team curfew by leaving the hotel with teammates Christian Wilhelmsson and Olof Mellberg and visiting a nightclub. Though none of the players consumed any alcohol, they were nonetheless all sent home by coach Lars Lagerbäck as punishment and did not take part in the match. Mellberg and Wilhelmsson did not appeal the coach's decision, but Ibrahimović felt that it was unjust and therefore refused to take part in Sweden's next qualifiers against Iceland and Spain. He also skipped a friendly against Egypt on 7 February 2007, but ended his self-imposed boycott a month later, and returned for Sweden's loss to Northern Ireland on 28 March. He went scoreless in all 12 qualifying matches; his one goal was disallowed for offside in a 3-0 loss to Spain on 17 November. On 12 November 2007, Ibrahimović was awarded the 2007 Swedish Golden Ball as the "Country's Top Player of the Year." Ibrahimović ended his international goal drought, which had lasted for over two years, against Greece in Sweden's Euro 2008 opener on 10 June 2008, and the next match against Spain four days later, only the second player to breach the starting back four. He finished the tournament with the two goals as Sweden were eliminated in the group stage by Russia.

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Rank Name Total
70. Hristo Stoichkov 4953
71. Boris Pandza 4851
72. Baichung Bhutia 4841
73. Vedad Ibisevic 4721
74. Zlatan Ibrahimovic 4441
75. Andranik Teymourian 4196
76. Khosro Heydari 4140
77. Marta 4133
78. Jorge Valdivia 3958

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