Zlatan wins Swedish ‘Expat of the Year’ award

Swedish football sensation Zlatan Ibrahimovic won the International Swede of the Year award (Årets svensk i världen) on Sunday night, for his "exceptional successes at the highest international level".

Zlatan wins Swedish 'Expat of the Year' award

Paris resident Zlatan Ibrahimovic was awarded the prize by the Society for Expatriate Swedes (Föreningen svenskar i världen) at a hotel in Stockholm’s Humlegården on Sunday night, as he is unexpected to be available for the official ceremony in August due to his busy schedule abroad.

In presenting the award, the society praised both Ibrahimovic’s career, which has seen him playing in four different countries, but also his image as a role model in Sweden.

“Through his magnificent football career, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has become one of Sweden’s most beloved sportsmen and a role model for many youths with football dreams,” the society reasoned, according to the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

“Through his career in many different countries, he has shown the ability to perform at the highest level in diverse environments.”

“Through his auto-biography, I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which has sold record amounts, Zlatan has won many hearts both in Sweden and abroad. The book has also stirred many young people’s interest in reading.”

In winning the award, which was founded in 1988, Zlatan joins the likes of author Astrid Lindgren, Abba stars Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad, and politician Hans Blix.

There are roughly half a million Swedes living abroad.

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Zlatan has been ‘cured’ of coronavirus: AC Milan

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been given the all-clear to end his quarantine period and return to action after testing negative for coronavirus, the Serie A club announced on Friday.

Zlatan has been 'cured' of coronavirus: AC Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring a goal in September. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP
Milan confirmed in a statement that the Swedish striker had “tested negative” twice in a row, as stipulated in the protocol to be able to lift the quarantine procedure.
Ibrahimovic, 39, sounded a more triumphal note on his social media: “You are cured! The health authority says the quarantine is over, you can go out!”, he wrote on Twitter.

The announcement comes a day after Milan said Ibrahimovic had tested positive a second time for Covid-19, putting in doubt his participation in the Milan derby on October 17.
Ibrahimovic first tested positive on September 24.
The derby remains in doubt with two other Milan players and five from Inter currently in self-quarantine.
In spite of his absence, Milan have made a decent start to the season, having climbed to second in Serie A after winning all three of their games and reaching the group stages of the Europa League.