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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Tra edition (June 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081298692X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812986921
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Terrific . . . Far more insightful than your typical jock memoir, Ibra’s book tells his story of growing up as the son of immigrants in Sweden and pulls no punches when it comes to his opinions of some of the biggest names in the game.”Sports Illustrated

“The most compelling autobiography ever to appear under a footballer’s name.”The Guardian
 
“The story of Zlatan—from his days as an immigrant kid juggling a soccer ball so he won’t get bullied to his emergence as the genius player who scored the greatest goal ever—is as compelling and fancy-footed as his game.”—Aleksandar Hemon, National Book Award finalist and author of The Lazarus Project

“I love this book. I love it because it’s so much bigger than soccer. I Am Zlatan is a story of hope and grit and what an immigrant kid who comes from nothing can accomplish with hard work and belief in himself. It’s also a beautiful window into our new, more open, more diverse world.”—Marcus Samuelsson, bestselling author of Yes, Chef
 
“Probably the bestselling European immigrant’s tale since Zadie Smith’s White Teeth . . . Once you get past the obligatory snigger prompted by the phrase ‘footballer’s autobiography,’ you can see that Zlatan’s book strangely resembles an earlier immigrant’s tale: Portnoy’s Complaint.”—Financial Times

“He is skillful. He is outspoken. He is Zlatan.”The New York Times
 
“The best sports autobiography in years.”PolicyMic

About the Author

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a professional soccer player, one of the world’s most prolific strikers, and captain of his native Sweden. He has played for many of Europe’s top teams, including Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, and, currently, Paris Saint-Germain, where he is the league’s leading goalscorer. He is widely regarded as one of the best soccer players of his generation, and is the most highly valued player of all time in combined transfer fees. His bicycle kick for Sweden against England won the 2013 FIFA Award for Goal of the Year.
 
David Lagercrantz made his debut as an author with Ultimate High: My Everest Odyssey, about the Swedish mountaineer Göran Kropp, which became an international bestseller. Since then he has devoted his career to writing about geniuses and exceptional people who go against the flow and blaze their own trails. Lagercrantz achieved critical and commercial success with a novel based on the life of the computer pioneer Alan Turing. He has written several other works of fiction and nonfiction, and he also lectures on creative writing.

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I've never even seen him play!!!
Mayank
Zlatan's and Andrea Pirlo's are the best books I've ever read about footballers in recent years.
thosiroy
I will admit though that I also ended up purchasing the iPad app version of the book.
Krystal

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daphne Briggs on June 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
This is hands down one of my favorite "autobiographies." I purchased the UK version at Heathrow back in December and could not put the book down. (I tried reading a Messi bio afterwards and it was such a snooze-fest in comparison I still haven't finished it.) I loved the book so much, I purchased the US version to see if there were any noteworthy changes. (There's not and it is definitely worth a second read.) I loved Zlatan's honest, unabashed, attitude towards soccer and life. My only criticism is that this should be available in an audiobook. I would pay good money to hear Zlatan tell the story of Zlatan. I hope Zlatan finishes up his career in the USA so we can get an additional few chapters of in a future version.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By thosiroy on June 21, 2014
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Zlatan's and Andrea Pirlo's are the best books I've ever read about footballers in recent years. This is coming from an Arsenal fan who loves every literature there is about legendary Gooners.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mayank on July 14, 2014
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Great book. Kinda reads like the catcher in the rye. You emerge knowing zlatan, and I'm not even a soccer fan. I've never even seen him play!!! But this book hooked me
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Hicks on July 21, 2014
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This is a good book for those who enjoy soccer and want to learn more about the inner workings of the professional soccer systems. While Zlatan tells us plenty about himself, he also tells us about coaches, relocations, contract negotiations, and what it's like to join a new team. He does a fine job proving that if one can stay true to one's self and work hard, success is sure to follow. Very good motivational book. I wish I had purchased this for my son when he was 10 and about to start playing soccer.

Language is a bit rough for young kids, but I would have let my son read at 10-12.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aussiemacs on June 29, 2014
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He is Zlatan! What more can you say. An inspirational story about soccers greatest personality. A World Cup without Zlatan is not worth watching.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Lorvo on September 5, 2014
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All about Zlatan-his childhood, his fight to succeed. Some extremely funny bits, also lots of sad and tragic details if his childhood. For all lovers if football!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Silvia on August 31, 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. Very honest and raw biography .You could almost feel as if Zlatan was there, drinking a coffee and telling you about his life .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By California Dreamin' on August 4, 2014
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Zlatan is the deadliest striker in the world. He is my favorite player. Happily he also plays for my team PSG. Ici c'est Paris!!!!!!!
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