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Zlatan Ibrahimović, the stage is yours

Our issue 6 cover star recently swapped football boots for a soft-shoe shuffle to help host a much-loved Italian music show. But was he on song?

WORDS Sheridan Bird

Some laughs, a motorcycle dash, an awkward singalong and a few pearls of wisdom: a summary of AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimović’s appearance at Italy’s prestigious Sanremo music festival in Liguria last week.

The annual song contest is beamed live on national television and radio by state broadcaster RAI over the course of five nights. Ibrahimović was a recurring guest presenter alongside permanent host Amadeus and Sicilian comedian and singer Rosario Fiorello. The Milan ace stuck to his tried-and-tested omnipotent God routine: he repeatedly referred to himself in the third person while granting Amadeus permission to speak and introduce acts.

There was a brief moment of vulnerability when the Swede joined in a song with his friend and Bologna manager Sinisa Mihajlović; the pair, along with Amadeus and Fiorello, sang Italian band Nomadi’s rousing number Lo Vagabondo. Ibrahimović looked far less comfortable on stage with a microphone to his lips than on the pitch with a ball at his feet, and subsequently left most of the crooning to his pals.

For football fans the most interesting part was his conversation with Mihajlović, which Amadeus conducted as a double interview. The Serbian revealed how his first meeting with Ibrahimović resulted in the former receiving a headbutt, when the pair played for Inter and Juventus respectively. The Bologna boss also reminded his friend that he had won the European Cup in 1991 with Crvena Zvezda; the striker responded, “I have still got time to win it.”

There was drama when the Milan-based guest presenter got caught in traffic on night four and had to hitch a lift to the Ligurian venue from a motorcyclist. Ibrahimović made a video of his unexpected opportunity to ride pillion, perhaps giddy with the fact that his saviour on two wheels was a Rossoneri fan.

On the final evening the Serie A idol concluded his involvement with a heartfelt speech (switching between third person and first person for some extra frisson). “Zlatan came here because he likes a challenge. I have won many matches but not all. But failure isn’t the opposite of success, it’s part of success. If Zlatan can make a mistake, so can you. Hard work, dedication and concentration is the key. Every one of you, in your own little way, can be Zlatan. You are all Zlatan, and I am all of you.”

Suited and booted in front of a sparkling staircase, perhaps Ibrahimović wanted to prove he has the motivational skills to become a top manager one day. Just leave the singing to someone else, eh Zlats?

Some laughs, a motorcycle dash, an awkward singalong and a few pearls of wisdom: a summary of AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimović’s appearance at Italy’s prestigious Sanremo music festival in Liguria last week.

The annual song contest is beamed live on national television and radio by state broadcaster RAI over the course of five nights. Ibrahimović was a recurring guest presenter alongside permanent host Amadeus and Sicilian comedian and singer Rosario Fiorello. The Milan ace stuck to his tried-and-tested omnipotent God routine: he repeatedly referred to himself in the third person while granting Amadeus permission to speak and introduce acts.

There was a brief moment of vulnerability when the Swede joined in a song with his friend and Bologna manager Sinisa Mihajlović; the pair, along with Amadeus and Fiorello, sang Italian band Nomadi’s rousing number Lo Vagabondo. Ibrahimović looked far less comfortable on stage with a microphone to his lips than on the pitch with a ball at his feet, and subsequently left most of the crooning to his pals.

For football fans the most interesting part was his conversation with Mihajlović, which Amadeus conducted as a double interview. The Serbian revealed how his first meeting with Ibrahimović resulted in the former receiving a headbutt, when the pair played for Inter and Juventus respectively. The Bologna boss also reminded his friend that he had won the European Cup in 1991 with Crvena Zvezda; the striker responded, “I have still got time to win it.”

There was drama when the Milan-based guest presenter got caught in traffic on night four and had to hitch a lift to the Ligurian venue from a motorcyclist. Ibrahimović made a video of his unexpected opportunity to ride pillion, perhaps giddy with the fact that his saviour on two wheels was a Rossoneri fan.

On the final evening the Serie A idol concluded his involvement with a heartfelt speech (switching between third person and first person for some extra frisson). “Zlatan came here because he likes a challenge. I have won many matches but not all. But failure isn’t the opposite of success, it’s part of success. If Zlatan can make a mistake, so can you. Hard work, dedication and concentration is the key. Every one of you, in your own little way, can be Zlatan. You are all Zlatan, and I am all of you.”

Suited and booted in front of a sparkling staircase, perhaps Ibrahimović wanted to prove he has the motivational skills to become a top manager one day. Just leave the singing to someone else, eh Zlats?

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Some laughs, a motorcycle dash, an awkward singalong and a few pearls of wisdom: a summary of AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimović’s appearance at Italy’s prestigious Sanremo music festival in Liguria last week.

The annual song contest is beamed live on national television and radio by state broadcaster RAI over the course of five nights. Ibrahimović was a recurring guest presenter alongside permanent host Amadeus and Sicilian comedian and singer Rosario Fiorello. The Milan ace stuck to his tried-and-tested omnipotent God routine: he repeatedly referred to himself in the third person while granting Amadeus permission to speak and introduce acts.

There was a brief moment of vulnerability when the Swede joined in a song with his friend and Bologna manager Sinisa Mihajlović; the pair, along with Amadeus and Fiorello, sang Italian band Nomadi’s rousing number Lo Vagabondo. Ibrahimović looked far less comfortable on stage with a microphone to his lips than on the pitch with a ball at his feet, and subsequently left most of the crooning to his pals.

For football fans the most interesting part was his conversation with Mihajlović, which Amadeus conducted as a double interview. The Serbian revealed how his first meeting with Ibrahimović resulted in the former receiving a headbutt, when the pair played for Inter and Juventus respectively. The Bologna boss also reminded his friend that he had won the European Cup in 1991 with Crvena Zvezda; the striker responded, “I have still got time to win it.”

There was drama when the Milan-based guest presenter got caught in traffic on night four and had to hitch a lift to the Ligurian venue from a motorcyclist. Ibrahimović made a video of his unexpected opportunity to ride pillion, perhaps giddy with the fact that his saviour on two wheels was a Rossoneri fan.

On the final evening the Serie A idol concluded his involvement with a heartfelt speech (switching between third person and first person for some extra frisson). “Zlatan came here because he likes a challenge. I have won many matches but not all. But failure isn’t the opposite of success, it’s part of success. If Zlatan can make a mistake, so can you. Hard work, dedication and concentration is the key. Every one of you, in your own little way, can be Zlatan. You are all Zlatan, and I am all of you.”

Suited and booted in front of a sparkling staircase, perhaps Ibrahimović wanted to prove he has the motivational skills to become a top manager one day. Just leave the singing to someone else, eh Zlats?

Zlatan Ibrahimović, the stage is yours
Insight

Zlatan Ibrahimović, the stage is yours

Our issue 6 cover star recently swapped football boots for a soft-shoe shuffle to help host a much-loved Italian music show. But was he on song?

WORDS Sheridan Bird

Some laughs, a motorcycle dash, an awkward singalong and a few pearls of wisdom: a summary of AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimović’s appearance at Italy’s prestigious Sanremo music festival in Liguria last week.

The annual song contest is beamed live on national television and radio by state broadcaster RAI over the course of five nights. Ibrahimović was a recurring guest presenter alongside permanent host Amadeus and Sicilian comedian and singer Rosario Fiorello. The Milan ace stuck to his tried-and-tested omnipotent God routine: he repeatedly referred to himself in the third person while granting Amadeus permission to speak and introduce acts.

There was a brief moment of vulnerability when the Swede joined in a song with his friend and Bologna manager Sinisa Mihajlović; the pair, along with Amadeus and Fiorello, sang Italian band Nomadi’s rousing number Lo Vagabondo. Ibrahimović looked far less comfortable on stage with a microphone to his lips than on the pitch with a ball at his feet, and subsequently left most of the crooning to his pals.

For football fans the most interesting part was his conversation with Mihajlović, which Amadeus conducted as a double interview. The Serbian revealed how his first meeting with Ibrahimović resulted in the former receiving a headbutt, when the pair played for Inter and Juventus respectively. The Bologna boss also reminded his friend that he had won the European Cup in 1991 with Crvena Zvezda; the striker responded, “I have still got time to win it.”

There was drama when the Milan-based guest presenter got caught in traffic on night four and had to hitch a lift to the Ligurian venue from a motorcyclist. Ibrahimović made a video of his unexpected opportunity to ride pillion, perhaps giddy with the fact that his saviour on two wheels was a Rossoneri fan.

On the final evening the Serie A idol concluded his involvement with a heartfelt speech (switching between third person and first person for some extra frisson). “Zlatan came here because he likes a challenge. I have won many matches but not all. But failure isn’t the opposite of success, it’s part of success. If Zlatan can make a mistake, so can you. Hard work, dedication and concentration is the key. Every one of you, in your own little way, can be Zlatan. You are all Zlatan, and I am all of you.”

Suited and booted in front of a sparkling staircase, perhaps Ibrahimović wanted to prove he has the motivational skills to become a top manager one day. Just leave the singing to someone else, eh Zlats?

Penalty Pedigree

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Some laughs, a motorcycle dash, an awkward singalong and a few pearls of wisdom: a summary of AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimović’s appearance at Italy’s prestigious Sanremo music festival in Liguria last week.

The annual song contest is beamed live on national television and radio by state broadcaster RAI over the course of five nights. Ibrahimović was a recurring guest presenter alongside permanent host Amadeus and Sicilian comedian and singer Rosario Fiorello. The Milan ace stuck to his tried-and-tested omnipotent God routine: he repeatedly referred to himself in the third person while granting Amadeus permission to speak and introduce acts.

There was a brief moment of vulnerability when the Swede joined in a song with his friend and Bologna manager Sinisa Mihajlović; the pair, along with Amadeus and Fiorello, sang Italian band Nomadi’s rousing number Lo Vagabondo. Ibrahimović looked far less comfortable on stage with a microphone to his lips than on the pitch with a ball at his feet, and subsequently left most of the crooning to his pals.

For football fans the most interesting part was his conversation with Mihajlović, which Amadeus conducted as a double interview. The Serbian revealed how his first meeting with Ibrahimović resulted in the former receiving a headbutt, when the pair played for Inter and Juventus respectively. The Bologna boss also reminded his friend that he had won the European Cup in 1991 with Crvena Zvezda; the striker responded, “I have still got time to win it.”

There was drama when the Milan-based guest presenter got caught in traffic on night four and had to hitch a lift to the Ligurian venue from a motorcyclist. Ibrahimović made a video of his unexpected opportunity to ride pillion, perhaps giddy with the fact that his saviour on two wheels was a Rossoneri fan.

On the final evening the Serie A idol concluded his involvement with a heartfelt speech (switching between third person and first person for some extra frisson). “Zlatan came here because he likes a challenge. I have won many matches but not all. But failure isn’t the opposite of success, it’s part of success. If Zlatan can make a mistake, so can you. Hard work, dedication and concentration is the key. Every one of you, in your own little way, can be Zlatan. You are all Zlatan, and I am all of you.”

Suited and booted in front of a sparkling staircase, perhaps Ibrahimović wanted to prove he has the motivational skills to become a top manager one day. Just leave the singing to someone else, eh Zlats?

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Some laughs, a motorcycle dash, an awkward singalong and a few pearls of wisdom: a summary of AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimović’s appearance at Italy’s prestigious Sanremo music festival in Liguria last week.

The annual song contest is beamed live on national television and radio by state broadcaster RAI over the course of five nights. Ibrahimović was a recurring guest presenter alongside permanent host Amadeus and Sicilian comedian and singer Rosario Fiorello. The Milan ace stuck to his tried-and-tested omnipotent God routine: he repeatedly referred to himself in the third person while granting Amadeus permission to speak and introduce acts.

There was a brief moment of vulnerability when the Swede joined in a song with his friend and Bologna manager Sinisa Mihajlović; the pair, along with Amadeus and Fiorello, sang Italian band Nomadi’s rousing number Lo Vagabondo. Ibrahimović looked far less comfortable on stage with a microphone to his lips than on the pitch with a ball at his feet, and subsequently left most of the crooning to his pals.

For football fans the most interesting part was his conversation with Mihajlović, which Amadeus conducted as a double interview. The Serbian revealed how his first meeting with Ibrahimović resulted in the former receiving a headbutt, when the pair played for Inter and Juventus respectively. The Bologna boss also reminded his friend that he had won the European Cup in 1991 with Crvena Zvezda; the striker responded, “I have still got time to win it.”

There was drama when the Milan-based guest presenter got caught in traffic on night four and had to hitch a lift to the Ligurian venue from a motorcyclist. Ibrahimović made a video of his unexpected opportunity to ride pillion, perhaps giddy with the fact that his saviour on two wheels was a Rossoneri fan.

On the final evening the Serie A idol concluded his involvement with a heartfelt speech (switching between third person and first person for some extra frisson). “Zlatan came here because he likes a challenge. I have won many matches but not all. But failure isn’t the opposite of success, it’s part of success. If Zlatan can make a mistake, so can you. Hard work, dedication and concentration is the key. Every one of you, in your own little way, can be Zlatan. You are all Zlatan, and I am all of you.”

Suited and booted in front of a sparkling staircase, perhaps Ibrahimović wanted to prove he has the motivational skills to become a top manager one day. Just leave the singing to someone else, eh Zlats?

Penalty Pedigree

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