I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Ibrahimovic, Zlatan
Lagercrantz, David
Swedish title
Jag är Zlatan
Non Fiction \ Biography & Memoirs
Pub Date
Nov 15, 2011
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I AM ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIĆ is the one and only autobiography of and by Zlatan Ibrahimović, Sweden’s most successful football player ever and one of the greatest players in the world today. Zlatan’s story is one of both hardships and amazing success. We follow Zlatan from his childhood in the rough immigrant suburbs of Rosengård outside Malmö, to the discovery of his unique talent and his time with some of the major European football clubs; Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona and Milan.

This unique story is now sold to 27 countries, among them Germany, France, Italy and the UK. It is not your ordinary sports biography - it is a story with great literary qualities about an amazingly successful boy growing into a man, and the absolute essence of football.

The autobiography was told by Zlatan and penned by David Lagercrantz, known in Sweden for both amazing biographies and highly praised literary novels. Through long hours of interviewing Zlatan, Lagercrantz managed to capture Zlatan’s personal, and never before told, story. It also let's us hear the true voice of an immigrant street kid who is now one of the top ten highest paid football players in the world.

I AM ZLATAN was short listed for the Football Book of the Year at the 2014 British Sports Book Awards.


"Oh my God, this is explosive!"
- Simon Bank, Aftonbladet

"… the genre [footballers’ autobiographies] may now be entering a golden age, I Am Zlatan Ibrahimović, perhaps the best recent autobiography by a footballer, has at last appeared in English ... a modern European fairy tale."
- Simon Kuper in New Statesman

"The sensation that Zlatan himself is telling his story, is what makes this book a masterpiece in its genre."
- Östgötacorrespondenten