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Zlatan claims record fifth 'Golden Ball'

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 16 Nov 2010, 08:47

Published: 16 Nov 2010 08:47 GMT+01:00

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"I will quit on the day I no longer win the Golden Ball," the Milan striker joked of his record achievement.

Held at the Malmö Arena, there was never any question that the evening was set up to be a hometown festival, and it did not disappoint.

Aside from Malmö-born Ibrahimovic claiming player, and forward, of the year, the southern city's own Malmö FF claimed the team prize, as did the women's team.

"It feels great to be in Malmö! Huge thanks to everyone, from players to trainers. And a huge congratulations to Malmö's men's and women's teams. Fantastic," was the Swedish captain's summary of the evening.

FC Malmö's Manon Melis claimed three prizes, including Allsvenskan player of the year, while Malmö veteran Therese Sjögran won the Diamond Ball for best female player.

Roland Nilsson and Martin Sjögren, of Malmö FF and FC Malmö respectively, were the expected winners of the prizes for best trainer.

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But the evening belonged to 29-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was clearly moved by his achievement and the recognition afforded him by the Swedish football establishment.

"There weren't that many that believed this would happen when i was 12-years-old and a trialist at MFF. Now 17 years later I have five Golden Balls and two more at home who are hopefully fast asleep," he said, referring to his two children at home in Milan.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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09:43 November 16, 2010 by EtoileBrilliant
Sweden has much better players and has to get Zlatan this sycophantic pedestal. This is a player who Barcelona couldn't sell and had to put out on loan. There remains much doubt whether Milan will have the money to exercise their option at the end of the season and I read now that Barcelona are examining other options.
09:58 November 16, 2010 by Chalupas
Swedish football is in a sad state if this clown continues to win the Golden Ball. He didn't even do anything last season yet still wins the award. Insane.
13:33 November 16, 2010 by Shanie
Elmander has surely had a better year than Ibrahimovic, one of the on form strikers in the PL, puts his head down, works hard and stays quite. And I don't particularly like Bolton but he has been excellent for them, big part of the reason their in the Top 5.

Zlatan dropped out of the Swedish team, was a only average at Barca and is doing alright at Milan, makes a fool of himself fighting with players and managers but still manages to win this.
14:03 November 16, 2010 by fm
Ibrahimovic is the most over rated player in the game, especially by the Swedish Media
14:10 November 16, 2010 by BERTRAM
Ibra should learn Du Gamla Du Fria...
15:44 November 16, 2010 by Rolle
The Golden Ball is a prize for the best football player in the country. You might either like or not Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a person (i know i don't) but the fact is he's one of the top footballers the country has ever had.

Only Brolin and Henke could compare.

Congratulations to Rolle Nilsson and the city of Malmö for a dominating year.
16:03 November 16, 2010 by bravedave
Sooooo overated, im tired of the swedish media and the swedish FA kissing his arse week in week out.
17:47 November 16, 2010 by BERTRAM
Bravedave, you give us words of wisdom,,,even my sambo is sjuk of this fake adoration for someone so vain.

I prefer Andres Iniesta and Robin Soderling.
23:09 November 16, 2010 by PonceDeLeon
I quess Olympic medals are not so important in Sverige...
03:00 December 14, 2010 by alecLoTh
Leave Ibra alone you haters, the guy earned his position. Long hours spent training while others misspent their youth.

If you tie 2 birds by the wings, the 4 wings do not make a faster bird....this best describes the fiasco at Barca..Ibra always did well when the team was an underdog...see how he will bring Milan glory
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