Ibrahimovic – Is He Arrogant?
He joined his first club, FK Balkan, at the age of 10. It didn’t take him long to get noticed. In one match his team were 4-0 down at half-time against rivals Vellinge. Ibrahimovic came on in the second half to score all eight goals in an 8-5 victorj’. Three years later the nearest big club, Malmo, had signed him.
He made his league debut for Malmo in 1999 aged 18. In two seasons he scored 16 goals in 40 games. It was not a bad tally but it was Ibrahimovics all-round talent, as much as his goals, which began alerting scouts across Europe. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was one of the more illustrious names to be turned down by Maimo, who eventually agreed a EUR 7.8 million fee with Ajax.
After a good showing at EURO 2004 and a dazzling first season at Juventus, in which his 16 goals helped the club to win the 2004-2005 title, Ibrahimovic’s moment seemed to be arriving, a sensation confirmed by his nomination for the 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year award. But all of a sudden things started slipping backwards.
Ibrahimovic’s form in his second season at Juventus was patchy – he scored only seven goals – and his fiery temperament was getting him into trouble with referees and leading to bust-ups with the media, especially in Sweden, where the press had come to see him as arrogant. He failed to score in Sweden’s disappointing showing at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and was even substituted against Paraguay.