38-Year-Old Zlatan Ibrahimovic Scored On His First AC Milan Start

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic before the match.

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At 38 years of age, Europe may not be ready for the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Swedish striker rejoined his former club AC Milan and was handed his first full start on Saturday when the side faced off against Cagliari in the Serie A.

Sure enough, the man who had conquered the majority of European leagues and had plied his trade across the pond didn’t find it hard to replicate what he does best with his former side.

When Milan were leading 1-0 at the 65th minute, Ibrahimovic netted an absolute beauty to ensure that the side was victorious during the fixture.

The statistics are also impeccable as Zlatan has now scored an official senior goal across the top leagues in four separate decades. That was certainly the smallest of what this return meant for the fans.

Indeed, it wasn’t an exaggeration that his impact was more like a talisman who was freshly signed than a club legend returning for a second spell to one of his preferred chomping grounds.

At his age, it is unthinkable that he is able to perform at this level and maintain his physique, let alone score such goals.

The real test will now be to see whether he can continue to net goals consistently after the MLS spell where chances were practically gifted to him.

Fans wanted to see precisely this kind of football from one of the game’s most entertaining talents and now it remains to be seen just how often such a sight will be granted.