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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 5 Best Seasons In His Career 

Sweden has a long history of producing excellent soccer players, but if there’s one player who stands head and shoulders above the rest (literally, he’s huge), it’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

He’s quite possibly the most outspoken and confident player in history; there’s no false modesty with Zlatan. He’s absolutely sure he’s the best soccer player of all time. 

While that may be a claim that can’t be verified, Ibrahimovic is undoubtedly the greatest Swedish soccer player of all time.

With a superb goalscoring record, Zlatan has scored goals wherever he’s played. The Swedish international is pound for pound, one of the most entertaining strikers in history.

With audacious goals, even more audacious statements, and the skills and statistics to back them up, Ibrahimovic has had some outstanding seasons throughout his career.

Today, we’re going to look back on five of the best seasons Ibrahimovic has ever had. 

Incredibly, given the world-class clubs Zlatan has played for, he’s never won the Champions League, but don’t let that fool you; he’s won the league in four countries, scored hundreds of goals, and has dozens of trophies that mark him out as one of the top sharpshooters in soccer. 

5. 2008/2009 Season

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Having left Juventus for Inter Milan in 2006, it didn’t take long for Ibrahimovic to settle in, and by the 2008-2009 season, Internazionale had become one of the dominant forces in Italian soccer again.

The club would win Serie A, their 17th title, thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his 25 goals. 

Inter Milan, the only team never to have been relegated from the Italian top division in its 91-year history, was on a truly incredible run of victories and would win the Scudetto every year from 2005 to 2010.

Ibrahimovic would win three league titles with Inter, and the 2008-09 season was the pick of the bunch, with Ibrahimovic being voted the Footballer of the Year for the second year in a row. 

4. 2016/2017 Season

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2016 was a landmark season for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as he finally became a Premier League player for the first time in his career. Singing for Manchester United on a free transfer, Scoring

for United in his first competitive game, the Community Shield, Ibrahimovic scored the winning goal for his first trophy in England. 

The clinical striker then scored on his league debut away at Bournemouth and scored a brace on his home debut at Old Trafford.

By the end of the season, the indomitable Ibrahimovic had become the first player over the age of 35 to score more than 15 goals in a Premier League season. Any critics who had deemed the player too old to handle the pace of the league were ominously quiet. 

In the Europa League, Zlatan was equally lethal, scoring a hat-trick against Saint-Etienne, and followed this incredible feat by scoring two goals in the League Cup final victory over Southampton.

Despite the 2016-2017 season being Ibrahimovic’s first in England, he quickly became one of the most important players at Manchester United, scoring vital goals. 

By the end of his first full season in manchester, Ibrahimovic had won the Community Shield, the League Cup, and the Europa League.

Having competed at the highest level in France, Italy, and Spain, the journeyman legend had finally completed the set by becoming one of the best players in England. 

3. 2009/2010 Season

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If you’re going to leave a club where you’ve won three titles in a row, you may as well do it in style and join an equally dominant team.

Ibrahimovic’s move to Barcelona in 2009, in part, so he could continue to play alongside his close friend Maxwell, couldn’t have gone any better, with the self-confident striker finishing the season with no less than five new trophies to add to his collection. 

The most important new addition was the La Liga title, which Barcelona won by only losing one game all season and collecting 99 points over the season. Zlatan contributed well in his debut year, scoring 16 league goals for the club and quickly becoming integral to the team. 

As well as La Liga, Barcelona also won the FIFA Club World Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, and the Supercopa de Espana, making it a tidy haul for Ibrahimovic in his first year in Catalonia.

Always supremely confident, the move to Camp Nou barely even registered for the bullish striker; he assumed he would score, knew he would win, and gave defenses a torrid time all season. 

In 45 appearances in all competitions, Ibrahimovic scored 21 goals for Barcelona during the 2009-2010 season and proved to be a wise buy.

While surrounded by skillful, agile young teammates, Ibrahimovic was a target man, a strong, dominating presence up front that forced defenses back into their own area, allowing teammates such as Pedro and Lionel Messi to wreak havoc.

2. 2021/2022 Season

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While most 40-year-olds are taking their foot off the gas a little, perhaps feeling those little aches and pains that remind us that we’re no longer teenagers, Zlatan was playing at an elite level with AC Milan.

In a record-breaking season, Ibrahimovic would become only the fourth player in history over 40 to score in a Serie A game. 

Ibrahimovic would also be the first player over 40 in the 21st century to score two goals in a league match in any of the top five leagues in Europe.

What’s even more incredible is that the Swede had been carrying a severe cruciate ligament injury for almost half the season. His tenacity, dedication to winning the league, and sheer willpower were inspirational. 

AC Milan’s 2021-22 title-winning season was their first Serie A title in eleven seasons; their striker’s name during the last Scudetto win? Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Whether you’re a fan of the outspoken, brash, and at times arrogant striker or not, it’s hard not to applaud a man of 40 showing that intelligence, experience, and sheer will can make the impossible happen. 

1. 2015/2016 Season

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored goals wherever he’s played; Italy, France, Spain, and England have all had the good fortune to see Ibrahimovic’s talent and determination for scoring goals.

However, the 2015-2016 season has to be considered Ibrahimovic’s most significant year for scoring goals. 

A striker who has so far played in 862 competitive games and scored 510 goals, Ibrahimovic finished the 2016 season with Paris Saint Germain with an astonishing 50 goals in 51 games.

With 38 league goals, equating to a goal every game, Ibrahimovic was in superb form, helping the club to four trophies over 12 months. 

As well as romping home in Ligue 1 by a remarkable 31 points, Ibrahimovic led Paris Saint Germain to a Coupe de France win, a Coupe de la Ligue, and the 2015 Trophee des Champions.

Incredibly, Ibrahimovic would leave at the end of the season on a free transfer, moving to the Premier League with Manchester United. 

We can only presume that his league dominance had persuaded the fiery Swede to seek new pastures, as he had achieved everything he had set out to do in France.

One of the greatest strikers of his generation, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, may not be to everyone’s liking due to his bold confidence, but he is, without doubt, a goalscorer of the highest pedigree.