Zlatan Ibrahimović Officially Unveiled At AC Milan With New Jersey Number

With Nos. 9 and 11 already taken, Zlatan will don the number 21 for his Milan return.

Following the completion of his free transfer from the LA Galaxy to AC Milan after the expiration of his MLS contract, Zlatan Ibrahimović was officially unveiled as a Rossoneri player on Thursday. The 38-year-old completed his medical, fitness tests and a voluntary individual training session before being presented in front of the media with his new squad number of 21.

“I have always said that this is my home and finally I am back,” Ibrahimović said. “I’ve been through other clubs in the meantime, but I have returned and that’s the important thing. Finally I am here, wait for me at San Siro and we’ll get it jumping again.”

Here are the photos and videos from Zlatan's first day back in Milan.

Ibrahimović is returning to the club he spent two seasons with (2010—2012) between spells at Barcelona and PSG. His form during the 2010-11 season helped Milan capture its 18th Serie A title — the Rossoneri haven’t won another since. He also won the 2012 Italian Super Cup while totaling 56 goals in 85 appearances. 

He joins Milan with the club mired in 11th place after 17 games, 21 points behind leaders Inter Milan and 14 points out of the Champions League spots. Ibra’s deal goes through the end of the season, but the player and Milan could choose to extend his contract through the 2020-21 campaign if the reunion proves amicable. 

Milan’s main issue this season has been in attack, where they’ve generated only 16 goals. The club’s joint-leading scorers are striker Krzysztof Piatek and defender Theo Hernández with four each. No other players have scored more than two goals this season.

Zlatan could make his first appearance as early as Monday, Jan. 6 as Milan hosts Sampdoria at the San Siro. Should fitness concerns prevent him from playing in that one, Milan’s next game is away to Cagliari on Saturday, Jan. 11. 

According to reports, Zlatan’s initial six-month deal comes with a reported salary $3.9 million. His contract with the LA Galaxy earned him $7.2 million for the 2019 season. 

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