Zlatan Ibrahimovic said an emotional goodbye in front of the over 70,000 fans present at San Siro after tonight’s game against Hellas Verona.
After the full-time whistle there was a ceremony in which the fans and his team-mates could show appreciation for the remarkable career that Ibrahimovic has had not just at Milan but as a player in general, because he also announced his retirement.
He walked out to a guard of honour and was presented with a shirt by the management, before grabbing the microphone and saying a few words after some tears were shed.
“I can’t breathe but it’s fine. So many memories and so many emotions here. The first time I arrived at Milan you gave me happiness, the second time you gave me love,” he said.
“I want to thank the family and all those who support me I want to thank my second family: the players. I want to thank the coach and staff for their responsibility. I want to thank the directors for the opportunity given. Last, but not least, I want to thank the fans.
“You received me with open arms, you made me feel at home, I will be a Milanista for life. The time has come to say goodbye to football, not to you. See you around if you’re lucky, forza Milan and goodbye.”