Zlatan Ibrahimović sits among a plethora of supercars. “I have made the ten-year-old Zlatan proud, like the ten-year-old me made me proud.” He’s got a point: infant Ibra would be beside himself with excitement to be a guest of honour at Ferrari HQ at Maranello.
From the moment the Swede is welcomed by Ferrari’s surprisingly tall chief Mattia Binotto, prancing horse-adorned creations engulf your eyes and ears. You don’t need to be a petrol head to appreciate the grace and sounds of the hardware on show. When F1 pilota Carlos Sainz takes Ibrahimović for a spin, the Milan striker giggles nervously as the Spaniard tests the speedometer. So, Ibra does get anxious sometimes…
In parallel to the high-velocity feats, we get a recap of Zlatan’s career through wonderful archive clips. We take in his early days (and haircuts) in Sweden, as well as Ajax, both Milanese clubs, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.
Most interestingly, we are occasionally treated to a less bombastic version of the 40-year-old. Perhaps even he feels humbled sitting in a hangar of such legendary cars, because that faux-arrogance briefly disperses. “Everything is destiny – you can’t go back and regret things, you keep going,” says Ibrahimović. At the end, rising star Charles Leclerc gives him a lift home; a fittingly prestigious end to a high-octane day.