The Ibrahimović influence at AC Milan expands as his sons will join the academy

By Oliver Fisher -

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s two sons Maximilian (16) and Vincent (14) will be joining AC Milan’s youth teams later this fall. The children’s starting date will align closely with the comeback of Zlatan himself as he returns from knee surgery in October.

This fall, Zlatan will be also joined by both his sons at the AC Milan field. 16-year-old Maximilian has been signed for the U17 team, and 14-year-old younger brother Vincent has been signed to the U15 team. Their move to Milan is a sweet reunion after having lived in Stockholm away from their father for the past few years.

Not only will they now live closer – oldest son Maximilian will also take after the last name legacy. Earlier in their soccer career, both children took on their mother Helena’s last name (Seger) in order to keep a lower profile. Successful strategy or not, the 16-year-old will now fully carry the responsibility of being the son of one of the best players in the world.

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The two boys, Maximilian and Vincent, will be starting their careers at AC Milan in October of this year. The Milan Academy is a football school aimed at players under the age of 18, and includes training for both players, coaching, and managerial staff.

The successful brothers

Both Maximilian and Vincent have proven themselves as soccer players already. Zlatan has described their successes in his autobiographical book “Adrenaline: My Untold Stories”. The older brother in particular has been called to play with the best of his age in the Swedish capital, and has made a name for himself in his local club Hammarby. Before that, they were both signed into the youth academy of Zlatan’s former club, Paris Saint-Germain.

In an interview with Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Zlatan said that the success of his sons is from no pressures of his own.

“I demand nothing. I only want them to fight and do their best. And that they do it for themselves, not for their dad or their mom or someone else.” He continues by saying: “I see a lot of parents out there pressuring their children, almost making becoming a professional an obligation. That’s not how it works.”

Miraculous recovery and comeback

Ibrahimović senior is making his comeback after a knee injury, for which he has received physical therapy treatment in Sardinia. He received knee surgery earlier this spring in order to replace the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, in his left leg. In an Instagram statement, Zlatan revealed that he had played the past six months without an ACL, and instead had fluids drained on a frequent basis.

It is not just his surgery that marks his winter comeback as special. Zlatan’s field time was also in jeopardy last year due to breaking UEFA’s gambling regulations. Players cannot legally have a financial stake in a casino or betting company. Zlatan owned 10% of the shares at BetHard, a Swedish-founded betting company. The forward risked 3 years of playing suspension, but was only charged with a €50000 fine.

Zlatan’s history at AC Milan

Zlatan first joined the Milan team in 2010, where he helped the team win the Serie A. In 2020, he returned to AC Milan after transferring from two seasons at American LA Galaxy. After his return, he struggled with injuries, but nonetheless helped the team win the Serie A, or Scudetto, in May of 2022.

During his time at AC Milan, Zlatan has broken several records. Amongst others, the list includes the title of being the oldest non-Italian scoring member of an Italian team at the ripe age of 39 (he is turning 41 this October). In total, the Swedish forward has scored 35 goals for the team, including eight goals and three assists in the last season alone. He will likely score even more after his comeback.

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