Zlatan Ibrahimovic finally got his ACL injury fixed as the talismanic figure in Milan’s Scudetto triumph shared an emotional message on his social media handle.
Writing a post on Facebook, the former Paris Saint-Germain forward revealed:
“For the past six months I played without an ACL in my left knee. Swollen knee for six months. I was only able to train with the team 10 times in the last six months. Took more than 20 injections in six months. Emptied the knee once a week for six months. Painkillers every day for six months. Barely slept for six months because of the pain. Never suffered so much on and off the pitch.
“I made something impossible to something possible. In my mind I had only one objective, to make my teammates and coach champions of Italy because I made them a promise. Today I have a new ACL and another trophy.”
From taking a pay cut at Milan to leading the Rossoneri to their first Serie A title since the 2010/11 season, Ibrahimovic has emerged as one of the most influential figures in Stefano Pioli’s Milan side. Plagued by injuries, the Swedish veteran managed to play only 23 games in the league, having amassed eight goals and three assists.
Although he could’ve been much more influential on the pitch, his leadership quality and eye-catching persona in the dressing room provided Milan players with the much-needed motivation during a crucial stage of a gruelling title race.
But now, with the Rossoneri crowned champions, Ibrahimovic has kept his promise. It will take almost eight months for him to recover from surgery. Milan are reportedly willing to offer him a new deal. It would be interesting to see whether or not he stays in Italy next season.