Zlatan Ibrahimovic became emotional on stage on Monday as he collected his Swedish player of the year award for a record ninth time. During his acceptance speech, the Paris Saint-Germain striker cited the untimely deaths last month of former Sweden international Klas Ingesson, who died of cancer, and former IF Brommapojkarna captain Pontus Segerstrom, who died of a brain tumor, in addition to mentioning the death of his brother, Sapko, who died in April.
“What do you say after winning this award? There isn’t much to say because these awards speak for themselves,” the big Swede began. “I am still living my boyhood dream when it comes to football. All these awards I have got and still getting is proof that one has done something good and that one is good at what one is doing.”
He continued: “But it is all overshadowed by what has happened to Klas and Pontus and I had a brother who also passed away under similar circumstances. So there is a life next to this that is much more important. May they rest in peace.”