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Premier League cult hero unrecognisable as he poses with young Zlatan Ibrahimovic in throwback pic for touching tribute

A PREMIER LEAGUE cult hero looks unrecognisable in an old picture as he pays tribute to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Sweden legend, 41, announced he was hanging up his boots following AC Milan‘s Serie A match against Verona.

A Premier League cult hero paid tribute to former team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic after his retirement

The pair played together at Ajax

Ibrahimovic announced his retirement at AC Milan’s final game of the season

Ibrahimovic was on the sidelines after a calf injury suffered in April ended his campaign.

Zlatan was visibly moved by the reception he received and choked back tears.

Emotional supporters were spotted crying in the stands, as their hero said goodbye.

And after making his announcement many from the footballing world took to social media to pay tribute to the iconic forward.

One of which was a former team-mate of Ibrahimovic from his time at Dutch outfit Ajax.

The pair took very different career paths as Ibra went on to play for Europe’s elite while the other striker made a name for himself in the Premier League.

He turned out for clubs such as Tottenham, Middlesbrough, Wigan and West Ham before leaving England permanently in 2011.

His most prolific spell came in his first year at Spurs as he netted 13 goals in 36 Premier League games while on loan from Roma.


The player was former Spurs star Mido that paid tribute to Zlatan

He also played for the likes of Wigan, Middlesbrough and West Ham

And that player is of course… Mido.

The Egyptian forward played with Ibrahimovic between 2001 and 2003.

He posted a snap of himself and the newly retired striker from their youth after just winning the Eredivisie title.

He wrote: “Congratulations @Ibra_official on a great career.

“You did your country, family, but mostly yourself proud! Good luck in your next chapter you will do great in anything you will decide to do.

“It was an honor to play alongside you I have learned a lot of things from you on and off the pitch.

“God bless you and bless your Family.”