Zlatan Ibrahimovic hadn’t played for his national team since retiring from international football five years ago, but the time seemed like nothing for the prolific striker who marked his return to the Swedish national team with a crucial assist for the only goal which seperated Sweden from Georgia in their World Cup 2022 qualifying opener on Thursday.
Ibrahimovic’s whose return meant he became the oldest player to represent Sweden at 39 provided the world with a rare show of his emotion during his first press conference following his return, days before the game.
The AC Milan striker beat the previous record of 38 years and 59 days previously held by goalkeeper Thomas Ravelli.
Zlantan’s assist came in the first half when he volleyed the ball across for Viktor Claesson to send in what would become an eventual winner for the Swedes.
Georgia did have few chances to get back into the game including an injury time denial thanks to an great save from Kristoffer Nordfeldt.