Ibrahimovic’s best moments for Sweden

Sweden’s exit from Euro 2016 brought down the curtain on the international career of their talismanic forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The 34-year old striker finishes his career as Sweden’s all time top scorer, with 62 goals from 116 appearances.

The outspoken Ibrahimovic has enjoyed many highs and lows, including a self-imposed exile from the national team, during his 15 years as the main attacking threat for the Scandinavians.

Here we look at some of highlights of Ibrahimovic’s international career…..

Four goals and a wonder strike
Ibrahimovic scored what was undoubtedly the best goal of his international career in what was probably one of the least important games.

He netted all four goals as Sweden beat England 4-2 in a 2012 friendly to celebrate the opening of Sweden’s new Friends Arena Stadium in Stockholm, but the fourth goal ranks up there as one of the best goals of all time.

Pouncing on a defensive header from England keeper Joe Hart, Ibrahimovic pulled off an amazing 35-yard overhead kick that saw the ball spear into the net.
It rounded off the party for Sweden’s ecstatic fans and left even the England fans applauding.

Audacious backheel

The young Ibrahimovic announced himself on the world stage at Euro 2004 with a superbly improvised goal against Italy in a group game.

The ball was bouncing around the Italian penalty area as Sweden were pushing for a late equaliser when Ibrahimovic pounced, beating Gianluigi Buffon to the ball and sending it looping into the top corner with a back heel.

Vicious volley

Ibrahimovic scored one of the goals of the tournament at Euro 2012 when he struck a beautiful scissors kick past Hugo Lloris from just inside the area to help Sweden earn their first win over France in 43 years.

The game was Sweden’s swansong in the tournament given they had lost their first two group games, but the goal provided a lasting memory of Ibrahimovic’s class.

Record breaker
Ibrahimovic scored with a typically audacious backheel flick to net his 50th international goal and break Sven Rydell’s Swedish goalscoring record against Estonia in September 2014.

“It feels unbelievable. It’s something I’ve been waiting a long time and now I’m finally there,” he said, after breaking the record. “It means a lot to me and my whole family, and everyone around me.”