IbrahimoviÄ‡ with Manchester United in 2016
|Full name||Zlatan IbrahimoviÄ‡|
|Date of birth||3 October 1981|
|Place of birth||MalmÃ¶, Sweden|
|Height||1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|2010â€“2011||â†’ Milan (loan)||29||(14)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 January 2017.|
Arsene Wenger asked me to have a trial with Arsenal when I was 17. I turned it down. Zlatan doesn't do auditions.
Do you know what I love about hunting? That I am no one in the woods, no one at all. I thought the animals might recognize me, but they didn't. They did not even ask me for any autographs.
I got a bike when I was little, a BMX. I called it 'Fido Dido' after the tough little cartoon guy with spiked hair. I thought he was the coolest thing ever.
Some things is made by destiny, yes, other things by hard work, but quality you don't learn. Quality you are born with.
When I started to play football, when I was around 15, 16, I remember the players that played on the national team and noticed that it was only typically Swedish guys.
When I went to Juventus, I was young, but in training, I had legends like Fabio Cannavaro and Lilian Thuram marking me. I had to work hard to get my respect.
When you are the invisible man to the head coach, the only option is to head for the exit.
My father is from Bosnia, and my mother is from Croatia, but I was born in Sweden.
Who is most deserving of all of the money that I, Zlatan, am paid? The answer is Zlatan.
That's my hunger. If I start to relax, and I lose that, then I had better stop my football. I need that hunger. I still feel I need to do things 10 times better than other players. Just to be accepted and to improve myself.
When I arrived at Barcelona, I was following a dream, but I now realize sometimes it's better to be content with what you have rather than follow a dream which nearly kills you.
When I took my shirt off against Caen, everybody asked what these new tattoos were. I had 15 removable tattoos on my body; they are the names of real people who are suffering from hunger in the world.
People are very curious and have written a lot of things about me. Right or not. I never comment on those things, because it's not much of my thing to comment on everything that's written about me.
I know I'm good enough. I don't need to show it to you. Either you know who I am, or you don't.
When people criticize me, instead of putting my head down, it gives me energy to do even more.
I did many stupid things. I made many mistakes, but I learnt from everything. I still make mistakes; I still learn from them. Nobody is perfect.
The way that I opened the door for the young people that come from where I come from and that have a different background, that is what I want to be remembered for.
I always want to become better. If never being satisfied is a problem, then I have it. At least it's a good problem.
Best player I ever played against? I mean, I played against many, many good players, so I don't know who to keep. I would say Ronaldo the Fenomeno.
When you buy me, you are buying a Ferrari. If you drive a Ferrari, you put premium petrol in the tank, you hit the motorway, and you step on the gas.
If you are too nice, you will just get eaten alive. The football world is not always a nice place.
People often write after they finish their career, or they don't play anymore, or they are not anymore active. So I say, why do that? And let's do it differently.
I think I am difficult to satisfy, because when I win something, I'm already thinking about the next step, and that is maybe a problem for me. I'm not enjoying the moment. I'm already on the mission to win the next trophy.
If anything, the children of Paris should be giving me even more money for having the privilege of being in the same city as my incredible quality. And so should David Beckham. Call it a Zlaritable donation.
It is nice to know that even David Beckham doesn't have good taste in everything.
If you are different, or you have minimum possibilities, you can still succeed. I am living proof of that.
Some coaches prefer players who will just do whatever he tells them to. It's like, if you're at school with a load of 10-year-old boys and you tell them to jump, everyone will start to jump. But the intelligent boy will ask, 'Why should I jump? Why?' That can be difficult for a lot of coaches, and I understand that.
I had time with my mother, but I really lived with my father. One time he gave all his salary so I could travel to a training camp. He couldn't pay the rent, but he did that.
If I had an ego as big as the Eiffel Tower, would I have won this many collective trophies? I know people like to talk about it. And O.K., I am not going to answer every story. But maybe I will let my collective trophies speak for themselves. I don't know many other footballers who have won as much. Do you?
I'm a guy of 92kg. I haven't got the physique of someone who can work back and then sprint up front again throughout a match!
I want to be remembered as the football player I was. The private person is nobody's business.
If I'd gone into taekwondo, I'd probably have won several Olympic medals.
I still feel I need to do things 10 times better than other players. Just to be accepted and to improve myself.
Every player needs a little time to adjust to new teammates and the mentality of the coach when you change clubs.
I read all the time that people think I'm arrogant. They say I am cocky, a bad character. I had that from a young age. But when they meet me, they say, 'That image doesn't fit you.'
I decide my future. I decide what I want to do. Nobody else. If I decide this will be my last year, maybe it is. If I decide it will be my last contract, I decide that. Nobody else. So I will decide when the moment is there.
One time I got dressed in all black, Rambo-style, and took a massive pair of bolt-cutters and nicked a military bike.
I would love to play alongside Wayne Rooney. He does the running of two or three players and makes a lot of space. We would be the perfect combination.
I wish anyone in this world could go to his fridge and pick whatever he wants. Because the day you open your fridge and there is nothing in it, it is difficult.
Anything that happens in your life was meant to happen. It is your destiny. I was destined to have the life I have now, and I can't have any regrets.