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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Returns Taking A Role At RedBird Capital Partners and Advising AC Milan

Can the legend stop the rot in the club and turn around this poor season? Will he be able to attract top talent?

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AC Milan v Hellas Verona - Serie A Photo by Giuseppe Cottini/AC Milan via Getty Images

AC Milan released a press statement on their website announcing the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the club. The Swedish striker retired last summer at 41 years old. He won the Serie A twice and the Supercoppa Italiana once with Milan. He played 163 games scoring 93 goals and providing 35 assists over two spells.

As per the statement, RedBird Capital Partners today announced the appointment of Zlatan Ibrahimović as an Operating Partner across its Sports and Media & Entertainment investment portfolio. In this capacity, he will also serve as a Senior Advisor to AC Milan Ownership and Senior Management.

On June 4, 2023, Ibra announced his retirement from football following AC Milan’s final game of the Serie A season, capping his career with the Rossoneri. With his appointment at RedBird, Ibra will kick off his post-playing career as part of the one of the most prolific and successful investors in sports and media globally.

As an Operating Partner at RedBird, Ibra will collaborate with RedBird’s global investment team in supporting the firm’s existing investment portfolio across sports, media and entertainment. He will help source and evaluate new investment opportunities for the firm, and will advise RedBird portfolio companies on commercial projects, digital content strategies and strategic brand building initiatives to extend their presence on a global basis.

At AC Milan, Ibra will serve as a Senior Advisor to Ownership, which is led by RedBird and includes the New York Yankees, one of RedBird’s longest standing partners in sports. Working in close coordination with both AC Milan Ownership and Senior Management, Ibra will play an active role across the Club’s sporting and business operations and will help reinforce the Club’s winning culture. His mandate will include player development and high-performance training, advancing AC Milan’s global brand and commercial interests, and supporting special projects of strategic importance, including the Club’s new stadium.