Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish football (soccer) player famous for his ability to score goals. In 2011, he was the best paid football player in the world.

In his native Sweden, Zlatan is the only player awarded with the prestigious Guldbollen six times (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011). Guldbollen is a Swedish football award given once a year by the Swedish Football Association and the newspaper Aftonbladet to the best male Swedish football player.

Zlatan has several nicknames, including Ibra, Ibracadabra, Ibra Supermacy and Il Genio. In most Slavic languages, Zlatan means golden. 

Career

Zlatan started playing for Malmö BI at the age of 17, and he eventually dropped out of Football High school to focus full-time on his football career. After a few stints with BK Flagg and FBK Balkan, Zlatan joined Malmö FF in 1994. In 1999, Zlatan made his top-tier league debut with Malmö FF. However, Malmö FF was relegated from the top-tier after that season, so Zlatan spent the next season playing for Malmö FF in second-tier Superettan.

In 2001 Zlatan was transferred to Ajax in the Netherlands. During his first season with Ajax, he played 24 matches and scored six goals. In 2004 he was transferred to Juventus in Italy where he stayed until 2006. The next transfer took place with in Italy, from Juventus to Inter. Zlatan made his debut with Inter in a match against Fiorentina and scored a goal. Juventus went on to win the Italian Championships in 2006/2007 with Zlatan scoring 15 goals during the season – the highest number of any Inter player that season. During the season of 2008/2009, Zlatan made the largest amount of goals of any Serie A-player, a stunning 25 goals of which 2 where penalty kicks.

In 2009, the Spanish football club FC Barcelona paid €46 million to transfer Zlatan from Inter to FC Barcelona, and as a part of the agreement FC Barcelona also committed to releasing Samuel Eto’o (valued at €20 millions). Zlatan’s first league match for FC Barlecona took place on Barcelona’s home arena Camp Nou against Sporting de Gijón and ended 3-0 with Zlatan scoring a goal in the final minutes. In 2010, Zlatan signed a three year long contract with his third Italian football club – AC Milan. He scored his first goal for AC Milan in a match against Laszio.

Private life

  • Zlatan was born in Sweden in 1981 and grew up in Rosengård, a low-income area in Malmö (Sweden’s third largest city).
  • Zlatan’s father Sefik is of Bosnian descent, while Zlatan’s mother Jurka comes from Croatia.
  • Ibrahimović is a Muslim Arabian surname, but Zlatan is catholic.
  • Zlatan got his first football shoes at the age of five.
  • Zlatan lives with his girlfriend Helena Seger and they have two children, Maximilian born in 2006 and Vincent born in 2008.
  • In 2007, Zlatan and Nike paid to fix up the football field in Rosengård where Zlatan played as a child. The football field now has a plastic carpet made from recycled football shoes and has been renamed Zlatan Court.

Wayne Mark Rooney is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Manchester United and in the English national team. He is the youngest player ever to score a goal for the English national team, and he is widely acknowledged as one of England’s very best football player. He is also one of the best paid footballers in the world with an annual income of £18 million from salary and sponsorship deals.

Manchester United’s English striker Wayne Rooney runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on September 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY DEVLIN / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / ANTHONY DEVLIN/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_GG298

Wayne Rooney has broken numerous records and been showered with national and international awards. As of late 2011, he has –received the England Player of the Year award twice (2008 and 2009) and the FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball once (2008). He has also been named the FWA Footballer of the Year (2009/2011), the PFA Players’ Player of the Year (2009/2011) and the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year (2005/2006 and 2009/2010).

Career

Youth career
1996–2002 Everton

Senior career

Years           Team                                    Apps                                   Gls

2002–2004    Everton                              67                                        15

2004–           Manchester United             229                                      111

National team

2000–2001    England U15                    4                                          2

2001–2002    England U17                     12                                        7

2002–          England U19                         1                                          0

2003–          England                              73                                        28

Rooney played for Liverpool Schoolboys as a child, and then for the Copperhouse boys’ club in the  local Walton and Kirkdale junior league where he attracted the attention of a talent scout from Everton.  At the tender age of nine, Ronney joined the Everton club and two years later he was their mascot for the Merseyside derby. At the age of 15, Rooney was playing for the under-19s and he scored eight goals over eight matches during the FA Youth Cup in 2002. Rooney made his senior debut in August 2002 and scored his first two senior goals in October during a game against Wrexham in the League Cup.

After a bidding war in 2004, Manchester United paid £25.6 millions for 18 year old Rooney. He made his debut for Manchester United on September 28 in a Champions League match where he scored a hit-trick and laid on an assist. Rooney became the team’s top league scorer that season with 11 goals and was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year award. His first trophy with United came in the 2006 League Cup.

On October 4, 2008, Rooney became the youngest player in the history of the league to have played 200 matches. His 200th game was a match against Blackburn Rovers won by Manchester United. On August 22, 2009, Rooney became the 20th Manchester United player to have scored a hundred goals for the team.

During the 2010/2011 season, Ronney signed renewed his contracted with Manchester United. The new contract will expire in 2015.

Private life

  • Wayne Mark Rooney was born in Croxteth, Liverpool in 1985.
  • His parents are named Thomas Wayne Rooney and Jeanette Marie Rooney.
  • Rooney has two younger brothers, Graeme and John. John is a professional football player.
  • Wayne Rooney is of Irish descent and was brought up Catholic.
  • Rooney met his future wife Coleen McLoughlin when they were at secondary school. After six years of dating, they married in 2008. They have a son, Kai Wayne Rooney, born in 2009.