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Ibrahimovic scores during Hammarby friendly


AC Milan’s Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes part in a training session of Swedish league team Hammarby IF at Tele 2 Arena on April 17, 2020 in Stockholm. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been spending the coronavirus shutdown back in his home country of Sweden, and is taking advantage of his position as owner of a Swedish club to stay fit and in game shape.

The AC Milan striker is part-owner of Hammarby, and the 2020 Allsvenskan season had yet to begin before the coronavirus brought European soccer to a halt, so the teams are hoping to continue ramping up to the start of the campaign once things return to normal. Zlatan has identified a mutually beneficial opportunity, and took to the field to play his part as Hammarby players joined up with players from Bajans and IK Frej split into two squads.

Ibrahimovic was given the green light to take the field by AC Milan and he found the back of the net in the process.

Zlatan’s ownership of Hammarby is controversial in Sweden. He is a product of the Malmo youth academy and is a legend at his boyhood club, but invested in their bitter rivals Hammarby in November, causing an uproar in his home country. A statue of Zlatan at Malmo was repeatedly defaced and angry fans protested his status as a club legend.

It behooves Ibrahimovic to stay fit and ready, given that his future with AC Milan is up in the air. He joined in January on a six-month contract after the end of the MLS campaign, and has been a positive influence on the Serie A side, scoring three goals in eight league games. However, the departure of chief football officer Zvonimir Boban, with whom Zlatan had a close relationship with, has left his future with the club in question.

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