Bold, flashy, leading edge, volatile—no subject what they name him, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is certainly one of soccer’s brightest stars. A top-scoring striker and captain of the Swedish nationwide crew, he has ruled the world’s such a lot storied groups, together with Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, and Paris Saint-Germain. yet his existence wasn’t constantly so charmed.
Born to Balkan immigrants who divorced whilst he used to be a baby, Zlatan realized self-reliance from his rough-and-tumble local. whereas his father, a Bosnian Muslim, drank to fail to remember the warfare again domestic, his mother’s loved ones was once engulfed in chaos. football used to be Zlatan’s free up. blending in road strikes and trick performs, Zlatan used to be a wild expertise who rode to perform on stolen motorcycles and relished displaying up the wealthy kids—opponents and teammates alike. objective through surprising objective, the brash younger outsider grew into an not likely prodigy and, via his early twenties, a global phenomenon.
instructed as simply the fellow himself might inform it, that includes tales of friendships and feuds with the most important names within the recreation, I Am Zlatan is a wrenching, uproarious, and eventually redemptive story for underdogs everywhere.
Praise for I Am Zlatan
“Terrific . . . way more insightful than your general jock memoir, Ibra’s e-book tells his tale of growing to be up because the son of immigrants in Sweden and pulls no punches by way of his evaluations of a few of the most important names within the game.”—Sports Illustrated
“The such a lot compelling autobiography ever to seem below a footballer’s name.”—The Guardian
“The tale of Zlatan—from his days as an immigrant child juggling a football ball so he won’t get bullied to his emergence because the genius participant who scored the best aim ever—is as compelling and fancy-footed as his game.”—Aleksandar Hemon, nationwide booklet Award finalist and writer of The Lazarus Project
“I love this publication. i like it simply because it’s rather a lot greater than soccer. I Am Zlatan is a narrative of desire and grit and what an immigrant child who comes from not anything can accomplish with labor and trust in himself. It’s additionally a stunning window into our new, extra open, extra diversified world.”—Marcus Samuelsson, bestselling writer of Yes, Chef
“Probably the bestselling ecu immigrant’s story on the grounds that Zadie Smith’s White Teeth . . . when you get earlier the compulsory laugh triggered by means of the word ‘footballer’s autobiography,’ you will discover that Zlatan’s booklet surprisingly resembles an past immigrant’s tale: Portnoy’s Complaint.”—Financial Times
“He is skillful. he's outspoken. he's Zlatan.”—The long island Times
“The top activities autobiography in years.”—PolicyMic
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