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Zlatan in record seventh ‘Golden Ball’ triumph

Swedish star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic brought home a record seventh, and sixth consecutive, Golden Ball at Sweden's football gala on Monday evening, with Lotta Schelin claiming her first diamond ball for the women.

Zlatan in record seventh 'Golden Ball' triumph

“This is further proof that I’ve had a fantastic season and that I’m continuing to develop. I hope I’ll even get to stand here next year and say the same thing,” Ibrahimovic said on the podium at Stockholm’s Ericsson globe.

Zlatan,31, also thanked his teammates in Milan and Paris and then Erik Hamrén, coach of the Swedish national side, before giving a nod to his fans.

“A big thanks also to the supporters, especially those who were in Kiev. Many thanks,” he said.

Lotta Schelin took home her second consecutive Diamond Ball, and her third since 2006. Schelin, 28, is a striker for the Olympique Lyonnais Ladies team in France and has played for Sweden’s national team since 2004.

Ibrahimovic, who currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain, has won the prestigious Swedish award every year since 2007 and also in 2005.

The award is given to the best Swedish footballer, decided by a panel of experts from the Aftonbladet newspaper and the Swedish Football Association.

The inaugural award was given in 1946, and Zlatan is the only player to win it seven times.

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FOOTBALL

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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