Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the names that is inescapable when it comes to the most prolific strikers in the world. The Swede is best known for his aerial ability, strength, technique, creativity, and his powerful and accurate striking ability. Having played for eight different clubs in his footballing career, Zlatan’s list of achievements is incomparable.
Zlatan scored the 25,000th Premier League goal and is the only player ever to score in the UEFA Champions League with six different teams. Zlatan has won 13 championships in four different leagues: Eredivisie, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1. Sweden’s all-time top goalscorer is one of the most decorated footballer, having won 32 trophies in his career.
Nonetheless, even the Swedish striker has a stamp of rejection on his resume from the German giants, Bayern Munich.
Bjorn Andersson, a scout from Bayern Munich, told Fotboll Skanalen that the club had a chance to sign the striker in 2001, but chose to withdraw their interest.
According to the scout, the Bavarians made the right call by rejecting Ibrahimovic, as the club was not ready to pay the hefty amount that was demanded for young Zlatan. He also believed that Ibra’s move to Ajax at that time was best during the course of events.
Andersson stated: “We had contact with Hasse Borg (former sports director of Malmö FF), but Bayern said no as it was too much money for a youth player. It was the right decision. Bayern have won more titles than Ajax and Juventus. That counts in the end. They did not do anything wrong.
“Also for Zlatan, the change to the Netherlands was correct. Who knows whether the German mentality would have suited him at all.”
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