Zlatan Ibrahimovic has become a co-owner of Swedish club Hammarby, acquiring a stake in the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), which is also L.A. Galaxy’s main investor. AEG has confirmed
Ibrahimovic had teased the news on Tuesday, hinting he could join them as a player
He explained why he decided to become a part of the Hammerby project in a statement on AEG’s website:
“Hammarby is a great club, with passionate supporters and a respected history in Stockholm and throughout Sweden. I’ve always admired Hammarby and its fans, and I’m impressed by the club’s performance over the past years both on and off the field. I am excited for the opportunity to continue my relationship with AEG while supporting one of the most interesting and influential clubs in Sweden.”
Based in Stockholm, Hammarby are relative minnows of Swedish football, winning the national Allsvenskan competition just once. They have been steadily growing since returning to the top flight in 2015, however, and finished the 2019 season in third place, just one point behind champions Djurgardens IF. Ibrahimovic’s former club, Malmo, took second place.
A statue in his honour was erected in his hometown earlier this year