Book review: I Am Zlatan

Soccer player explains moments in his career


Kyle Gehman

The book is inspired by Zlatan Ibrahimović and written by David Lagercrantz. It is an autobiography about the famous Swedish soccer player.

by Kyle Gehman, Editor-In-Chief

I Am Zlatan is an autobiography by famous Swedish soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimović and is told by David Lagercrantz. It receives 4.8/5 stars.

He’s known for his acrobatic karate style goals, cocky personality and having one of the most fun names to pronounce. This book, however, dives more into what you don’t know about Ibrahimović. It talks about how he grew up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Sweden, how he rose to be one of the highest paid soccer players in the history of the game and insight of playing at over six clubs in Sweden, Netherlands, Italy and Spain.

On the outside he is known as a “bad boy,” “trouble maker” and “cocky person,” but reading the book, you get a better feel for why he has moved around to so many clubs and why his personality is the way it is.

The book isn’t written like most autobiographies. It has a more conversational tone that is very enjoyable to read and uses a lot more common diction. The other appealing part to the book is that soccer players won’t be the only ones interested in reading it. Anyone wanting to learn more about a professional athlete’s life, that is labeled as cocky or just wants to read about one of the most famous and interesting players would be attracted to read it.

The book was written before he played for Paris Saint Germain and currently Manchester United, which is one of the downsides about the book. So, while it would be nice to know about these parts of his career too, it’s even better to be able to have read the book and watch him play. This way you know more about why he plays the way he does.

Overall, the book is very fascinating in how it allows the reader to learn about all the different aspects of Ibrahimovic’s life and about a top professional soccer player.