“He’s selling it because he simply doesn’t use it any more,” real estate agent Jan Lundqvist at the Residence agency told The Local.
“But it was a really special place for him, he first saw it when he was playing for Malmö Fotbollförening and thought it was like a dream home.”
When he made his fortune on the football field, Zlatan returned to the Malmö home to snap it up for himself.
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In his best-selling autobiography, “Jag är Zlatan Ibrahimovic” (‘I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic’), written by the Paris Saint-Germain player together with Swedish journalist David Lagercrantz, the Swede devotes pages to the home and even its acquisition.
“They weren’t thinking of selling, so what can you do?” he wrote of the previous owners.
“Maybe we could straight up make them an offer they couldn’t refuse.”
Ibrahimovic then recounted how he went with his wife to meet the home-owners inside the mansion and decided to set the situation straight for the man of the house.
“We’re here because you’re living in our house. Take is as a joke if you want, but I’m serious. I’m going to buy this house. We’ll make sure you’re happy, but we’re having it,” he told the owner.
A deal was soon struck for 30 million kronor ($4.73 million), an amount high enough to have the previous owners “leaving the house running”, according to the footballer.
The home, a 836 metre square building on a 1,854 metre square plot of land, was built in 1912 and boasts a view over the Öresund straight.
It features an Italian kitchen, three large living areas, a private TV room, five bedrooms, and three bathrooms.
The home will be open for private viewings, and no price has been announced.