The next chapter in the long and storied playing career of Zlatan Ibrahimovic appears to be heading towards a familiar direction. According to multiple reports, the 38-year-old has agreed to return to Italy and join AC Milan for the second time and play out the current season.
Zlatan spent the better part of three years with the Rossoneri from 2010-12 after his unceremonious exit from Barcelona, scoring 42 goals during that span. Goals, assists, flair, domination and Zlatan; that's what the once-in-a-generation talent brings to any side he joins.
Despite getting older, Ibrahimovic shows no signs of slowing down. During his latest stop in MLS with the LA Galaxy, he notched an impressive 52 goals in 56 appearances.
The move is a surprising one considering how far AC Milan have fallen in the last decade. The former world powers have hit really hard times, struggling for relevance – let alone a top spot in Serie A.
Milan are currently 11th in the table, a full eight points behind the final Europa League qualifying spot. A coaching change has already taken place this season. In fact, they are on their 9th different manager since Zlatan's first stint at the club. Adding a volatile ingredient like Ibra to an already questionable mix could provide some interesting results.
You can't fault Zlatan for wanting to return to a club he's very fond of, especially as he approaches the end of his remarkable career. If this is the last stop for him, we can only hope he leaves us with a few more Ibracadabra-esque moments, as he's done consistently for nearly 20 years.