Zlatan Ibrahimovic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts

LB presents a full story of a football legend popularly known by the Nickname “IbracadabraOur Zlatan Ibrahimovic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts entails a full account of notable events from childhood time till date. Analysis involves Profile, Life story before fame, family life and many off and on-pitch little known facts.

No doubt, he is know as a player that provide as much entertainment both on and off the pitch. On the pitch, he is known as a goal scoring machine while as a controversial person (of-pitch).

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography FactsEarly Childhood

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Early days)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was born on October 3, 1981, in Malmö, Sweden, to a Bosnian father and a Croatian mother who were not happily married to each other.

Their unstable marriage lasted for just two years. At a tender age of two, Zlatan witnessed his parent’s divorce which came as a result of constant fights, child neglect, and abuse.

According to Swedish divorce laws, Jurka Gravić (Zlatan’s mother) got the opportunity to take custody of her son. This marked the beginning of what was termed a ‘Difficult Childhood experience’ for the young lad. According to Zlatan, ‘Living with his mother and watching a new step-father coming into his life was indeed a painful experience’. 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography FactsProduct of a broken home

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (A product of a broken home)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic showed emaciation syndrome due to his parent’s divorce and fatherly desertion. At some point, he experienced extreme weight loss and unnatural thinness due to a loss of subcutaneous fat muscle throughout the body.

It took quite a while before Zlatan adapted to a single-parent family. Full recovery occurred when he was allowed to re-establish contact with his father whom he loved much more than his mum.

For Zlatan, there have been moving stories of his dad. Once, when they had little money, Sefik Ibrahimovic managed to buy Zlatan a bed from Ikea but they couldn’t afford the delivery charges.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Father (Sefik Ibrahimovic)

“We carried it home between us. It’s fantastic what we did. I had time with my mother but I really lived with my father. One time he gave all his salary so I could use it for upkeep”

Sefik Ibrahimovic even after his separation with his wife was unsettled by memories of the Balkan war. He could not easily shake the images of his village in Bosnia being brutalized by Serbian forces.

This devastating fatherly absence resulted to Zlatan brahimovic having a lonely and temperamental Lifestyle.

As Zlatan puts it, Fatherlessness is the most harmful demographic trend of my childhood story.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography FactsOrigin of stubbornness and tempamental livestyle.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a Youth

For Zlatan Ibrahimovic, growing up was hard. As the son of a Bosnian caretaker and a Croatian cleaner, who separated when he was two, Ibrahimovic endured rejection. Broken home negative effects made Zlatan Ibrahimovic develop a stubborn attitude and a dogged determination not to change bad behaviors in spite of good reasons to do so.

According to Zlatan, Nobody cared to ask me, How was my day?” . But the boy with a lisp and a big nose found solace in the ethnic outsiders and the rugged immigrant communities whose gang crimes always get to the media. His mixture with hoodlums created a new behavior which saw his first brand of tatoos. This was a time the selfish, braggart and temperamental lifestyle really got to him.

He grew up being a ‘PettyThief’  with speciality in stealing bikes and sweets from shops. In an interview, Zlatan stated,  “When we needed something for ourselves, all we do is to go to shops and steal .. he says. I had a particularly good relationship with the bikes.”

Zlatan, today describes the street of Rosengard as “a paradise”, Recently, he has stressed that he feels more at home in his old neighbourhood than the world’s most expensive hotels, thou he doesn’t forget it was also a dangerous place.

According to Zlatan,Football rescued me. At some point, it was all about  alcohol and drugs in Rosengard. I’m glad i still stayed away from them. I was different because I have living proof of that.  So my message to the fatherless, who feel different, or unlucky, is that if you believe in yourself you will also make it. There is always a possibility. Everything depends on you.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts Early Football Career

After receiving a pair of football boots, Ibrahimović began playing football at the age of six. He taught himself to play ball on an old gravel pitch outside his mother’s house. On a small, dusty pitch in the estate, Ibrahimovic and his friends tried outrageous tricks and flicks, spins and shots. The lack of space meant you had to be quick with your head and your feet. Zlatan found his calling after series of hardcore training.

According to Zlatan, “When we played football in Rosengard, it was all about putting the ball between people’s legs, doing different things,” he adds. “After every trick people were like ‘oohhh’ ‘eeeyy’. It was all about who had the hardest shots, the best trick, the craziest move. I loved it.”

After he turned pro, this old gravel pitch was completely remade, with rubber grounds sponsored by Nike.

He has recalled hospitalizing a teammate when he was 13 years old. Thou when he was 15 years old, he preferred to work in the docks of Malmo instead of playing football. He was persuaded against the idea by his coach.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Early Football Career

Ibrahimovic also found doors closing as he tried to pursue a career as a professional footballer. Even when he joined the city’s professional club, Malmo FF, at the age of 17, the parents of one of his team-mates petitioned to have him thrown out of the club. This was because Zlatan head-butted his team-mate who happens to be the parent’s only child.

According to Zlatan, ” The player got a letter from his parents and asked people to sign it to kick me out of the club after I headbutted him. If I could put myself in that moment today, I would say to myself ‘don’t ever do that’, but I was an angry young man”. 

It was at the age of 18 that He then released football could offer him a future, a path away from his difficult upbringing. Ibrahimovic scratches the tattoos on both wrists and exhales deeply when asked if, back then, he would have believed he could achieve the things he has.

Ibrahimovic made his professional debut for Malmö FF in 1999, and helped the second-division club make the leap to the first level the following season. The 6’5″ striker then signed with the prominent Dutch club AFC Ajax and honed his formidable skills as part of two title-winning teams, though he also developed a reputation as a temperamental player.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography FactsAdult Controversies

He is the footballer with the bad attitude and self-assured air of arrogance. He is the one who fights with team-mates and has been a nightmare for one particular manager (Pep Guardiola).

Although an incredible talent, Zlatan has had clashes with those around him everywhere he has played. This could be as a result of his arrogance, but also goes back to his troubled childhood where he exhibited a fiery temper which he struggles to contain at times.

  • Zlatan has once had a high profile fight with former team-mate Rafael van der Vaart where he injured the Dutchman during an international game.
  • The fight with Oguchi Onyewu left Zlatan with a broken rib.

Ibrahimovic, a black belt in Taekwondo with a penchant for kicking his team-mates, came to blows with the muscular USA international Onyewu after the Swede made a dangerous tackle. It took ten team-mates and coaches to separate the two from throwing punches at each other.

Zlatan wrote extensively about the incident in his autobiography ‘I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic’.

“I joined AC Milan in 2010 and our biggest league match was approaching. The Milan derby against Inter, whose most passionate fans — the Ultras — were going to hate me.”

“On top of that, I had issues with Oguchi Onyewu, a guy in my team. He was an American the size of a house, and I told a mate in the squad: Something serious is gonna happen. I just feel it.”

Zlatan gave an apt description of the ex-Charlton Athletic player with his subsequent remarks, following which he explained the fight in its entirety.

‘Onyewu resembled a heavyweight boxer. He was nearly 6ft 5in and weighed over 15 stone, but he couldn’t handle me. He accused me of trash talking, but that wasn’t true. People trash talk me. I’ve heard so much s**t over the years: ‘F****** gypsy’, stuff about my mum — all that stuff. I retaliate with my body, not with words.”

“I told Onyewu I did not trash talk, but he just kept on. He shushed me with his finger. Then he did it again. I saw red. I didn’t say anything, not a word. That b****** was going to find out how I trash-talk! The next time he got the ball in training; I rushed towards him and jumped up with my feet and studs out in front — the worst type of tackle.”

“But he saw me and leapt out of the way. As we both crashed to the ground, my first thought was: ‘S**t! I’ve missed!’ As I got up and walked away I felt a blow to my shoulder. Not a good idea, Oguchi Onyewu.”

“I headbutted him, and we flew at each other. We wanted to tear each other limb from limb. It was brutal. We were rolling around, punching and kneeing each other. We were crazy and furious — it was like life and death.” 

Once things cooled down the players shook hands and it was only later that Ibrahimovic discovered that he had suffered a broken rib. This was definitely not the first time he’s had a dispute with a team-mate, but this was probably the first time he got injured during one.

“Afterwards, the weirdest thing happened. Onyewu started praying to God with tears in his eyes, making the sign of the cross. This felt like a provocation, and I got more furious. I was stopped by my team-mates, and I suppose that was a good thing. It could have turned out nasty. All the time, I was thinking: ‘S***, my chest hurts,’ so we had it checked out. I’d broken a rib in the fight.”

‘It was not the first time I’d had a dispute with a team-mate.’

His controversy is one reason why he has played at numerous clubs, and also a reason why some players and fans are not his biggest fan.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography FactsOrigin of ‘The Zlatan’

To Zlatan (Dictionary Definition and Sentence Use)

Playing for his local team FBK Balkan when he was 10 years old, Zlatan was brought on as a second half sub as his team were trailing 5-0. A very young Ibrahimovic would turn the game on its head, scoring a remarkable eight, that’s right, eight second half goals to win the game 8-5.


This was a time the name “The Zlatan” was born. Soon, the world took notice of the young Swedish footballer with sensational abilities at such a young age.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography FactsRelationship Life

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Love Life (Relationship Story)


As at time of writing, he was not married. But he has being in a long-term relationship with his girlfriend Helena Segar. Helena is former Swedish model. Even before being in relationship with Helena Segar, Zlatan had no love affair. They have two children together. He currently lives in Paris with Helena and his children. Helena has probable of becoming Zlatan wife near future.



Zlatan Ibrahimovic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography FactsLove for Tatoos

On Feb 14, 2015 in a match against “S.M. Caen” on scoring a goal, he took off his shirt to reveal tattoo of 50 people names around the world, suffering of hunger. This act was in support of “U.N. Food Programme.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Tatoo (Front View in HD)

It is no surprise that Ibrahimovic has a number of tattoos, but he has a number of interesting ones with meanings that give us an insight into “The Zlatan”. He has a large red dragon on his side which is supposed to be a metaphor for his warrior like personality, and similarly he has a Koi fish on his left shoulder which is a fish that swims upstream and goes “against the grain”.

He also has the Five Deva Faces Yantra, a Buddhist image representing the elements which is believed to fight off illness.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Tatoo (Back View in HD)

The birthdates of his parents and siblings are tattooed on his wrists, and he also has his sons’ birthday and fathers name on his right arm with his mothers on his left.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Tatoo Names






A few other tattoos are the words “only god can judge me” (a Tupac song) on his ribcage, and the ace of hearts and clubs on his right rib cage which are supposed to represent good luck.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography FactsThe Snubbing Master

A fascinating take on Ibrahimovic by his childhood friend: ‘I was better than my best pal Zlatan… now he’s a star and has snubbed me for 13 years.

They didn’t always agree, particularly about football. ‘I idolized Shearer and he hated English football because I loved it so much – that’s what he was like,’ said Flygare. ‘He always said he would play in Italy and he did.’

When they were called in off the street by Flygare’s mother they would sit on the couch for hours on end, fighting over control of the games console.

‘Like twins,’ said Flygare of their relationship. ‘I was a father figure to Zlatan in many ways, he looked up to me, but he was so competitive.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography FactsSelf Confidence

Off the pitch, Zlatan is brimming with confidence and self belief, and so much so that he will often refer to himself in third person as “the Zlatan”, or even use his name as a verb where “to Zlatan” is to do something with extreme skill or talent or to dominate. His Twitter page and interviews are something to behold and attract as much attention as his on-field antics, as he almost comes across as a philosopher at times with some of his quotes.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography FactsNet Worth

Zlatan Ibrahimović has a net worth of $160 million. A forward for the Sweden national team, Ibrahimović earns $35 million per year in salary. A move to the Premier League with Manchester United for the 2016-17 season. After a season-long negotiation with Nike, he returned under a deal worth a reported $3 million annually through 2019.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography FactsLegal Issues

He was once again in the wrong side of the law when he received red card for slapping Salcatore Aroniaca in a goalless draw against “Napoli.” He was further banned for three matches by the Sports judge Gianpaolo Tosel.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography FactsWinning Titles & Club Honour

According to Zlatan, “I always put myself second – I like to make others happy,” he explains. “Wherever I have played, I have won (nine league titles in the past 10 seasons with five clubs). But I only feel satisfied if my team-mates, the fans, everyone is happy. I have a big heart.”

Zlatan has proven how deadly he is no matter what shirt he is wearing by scoring in Europe’s greatest club competition with six different clubs. He is a ruthless goal scorer that can play well under different managers.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography FactsRespect for Brazilian Legends

His heroes were not Swedish, even thou they finished third in the 1994 World Cup. He only had eyes for the brilliance of Brazil, studying the likes of Ronaldo Nazario de lima and Ronaldinho. He watched severally and mastered video clips on how they performed their dribbles.

According to Zlatan, “I dont watch Sweden back then, I never did,” he says. “I loved Brazil because they were something different. They touched the ball differently, like field hockey where you drag the ball. That was magic and it felt totally different to anything I had seen before.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography FactsIssue with Guadiola

Playing with fire? Ibrahimovic has never been afraid to voice his opinions and has criticized Guardiola. In fact, Zlatan has accused former manager Pep Guardiola as being a “coward” with “no balls”.

His dream move to Barcelona ended in disaster and with a total breakdown in his relationship with Guardiola. According to him, “I had a dream to join Barcelona but now I think maybe you should keep your dreams instead of making them come true, because it could have destroyed me.”  

For the first few months in Spain, life went well, but then Guardiola stopped communicating. “I still don’t know why, I may never,” Ibrahimovic says.

“I tried to make contact with him – but he didn’t want to speak to me, he was avoiding me. I walked into a room, he was sitting there drinking his coffee. But he got up, didn’t finish his coffee. I thought: ‘I’m not the problem, he is the problem.’ But there were no words, no answers, nothing.

Ibrahimovic’s frustration spilled over after a match with Villarreal. “I screamed out at Guardiola, I was screaming that he had no balls and that it was ridiculous that he did not talk to his player. I kicked over a box in front of him and sent things onto the floor.

“My idea was to get angry so that maybe he would talk to me. But nothing. He picked up the box, put it back and then walked out of the room.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography FactsThe Zlatan Dictionary Verb Registration

After watching a few interviews with the Swedish striker you will quickly notice one thing; he likes the sound of his own name.

So much so, in fact, that he had it trademarked in 2003. With both “Zlatan” and “Zlatan Ibrahimovic” trademarked, it means that he has exclusive rights to the name for products such as clothes, shoes and sporting goods.

In France, the word ‘zlataner’ now officially means “to crush”. In December, the Swedish Language Council registered the verb ‘to zlatan’, meaning to do something audacious or outrageously brilliant. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is more than just a footballer, he is a word, a way of behaving, a way of life.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography FactsAnger

He still plays with anger pulsing through his veins, but now it is channelled. “First the anger controlled me. Now I control it,” he says.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography FactsSwedish Honours

A testament to how dominant Ibrahimovic has been, he has won the Guldbollen (Swedish Footballer of the Year) an incredible nine times. He picked up his 9th award in November of 2014, which was his 8thconsecutive award with Freddie Ljunberg winning in 2006 after Zlatan’s first award in 2005. After picking up the latest award, Ibrahimovic stated that he was still “living my boyhood dream” and that he wants to win “a lot more”. He also paid tribute to Klas Ingesson and Pontus Segerstrom as well as his brother, all of who recently passed away.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography FactsThe Taekwondo Master

Being the sort of player and character he is, Ibrahimovic finds himself in quite a few arguments and fights both with the opposition and teammates.

He is one player that you don’t want to get on the wrong side of however, as he became a black-belt in Taekwondo when he was 17 years old in his hometown of Malmo. He also received an honorary black-belt from the Italian Taekwondo team. His martial art abilities also help him on the pitch, as he has a phenomenal ability for acrobatic and overhead kicks despite his size, which has stunned the world with many times (with England being on the receiving end of one extraordinary goal).

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography FactsBest Selling Auto Biography

The soccer star released his autobiography, I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, in late 2011. The bestselling memoir detailed Ibrahimovic’s rough childhood and his clashes with Guardiola and other players, and an English version was published in September 2013.



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