AC Milan: Hat-Trick Hero Zlatan "I Left Cops For Dust In My Porsche..."

Zlatan scored a corking hattrick yesterday for AC Milan, and to celebrate his autobiography coming out on the iPad we got this ace extract and the chance to win the app...
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Zlatan scored a corking hattrick yesterday for AC Milan, and to celebrate his autobiography coming out on the iPad we got this ace extract and the chance to win the app...

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AC Milan: Hat-Trick Hero Zlatan "I Left Cops For Dust In My Porsche..."

The footballing autobiography was for many years quite rightly ridiculed as tortured, cliché and platitudinal pap. Bought out of a sense of duty by fans who listen to radios at games, many of these books would end up in car boot sales, yellowing in the sun. However, these days books face a tougher crowd. Fed upon a diet of instant, direct and constant ‘banter’ the footballer’s life has had to adapt. Paul Merson’s How Not To Be A Footballer for instance is superb fun, detailing everything we actually want to know (i.e. the booze and drugs and the madness).

The new I Am Zlatan – Ibrahimović’s autobiography – is a rip-snorter too. Not exactly a modest soul, Ibrahimović spouts off at institutions (Barca), crashes cars and paints Pep Guardiola as a rather forlorn figure – “Mourinho is Guardiola’s opposite. If Mourinho brightens up the room, Guardiola pulls down the curtains” – as the Swede sales through some of the biggest club sides on god’s green earth (Ajax, Juve, Inter, Barca, Milan…) whilst taking down some of the biggest names (even Messi gets a few pops on the chin) with these deliciously pompous blasts of his very own trumpet.

I Am Zlatan Ibrahimović: My Story As told to David Lagercrantz is not available as something as a ‘book’ however it is a suitably slick Zlatan iPad app with both whistles and bells. It’s also available as an iBook. Available in the Itunes App Store now.

WIN A FREE APP

To celebrate the arrival of the new App from Zlatan Ibrahimović, we have teamed up with Swedish publisher Bonnier to give you the chance of winning a Zlatan App for nowt. The original autobiography text is brought to life with integrated memorabilia, images and video from throughout his career, offering a new kind of reading experience. Through the interactive storytelling it lets readers peek behind the scenes both chronologically in a timeline and geographically on an interactive map.

Behind the scenes: Interview with author David Lagercrantz from Bonnier on Vimeo.

Here is an ace excerpt from the book:

We headed back to Sweden, to a ski resort up north, and I rented a snowmobile. Whenever life’s at a standstill I need some action. I always drive like a maniac. I’ve done 325 kilometres an hour in my Porsche Turbo and left the cops eating my dust. I’ve done so much mental stuff I don’t even want to think about it, and now in the mountains I was ripping it up on my snowmobile. I got frostbite and had the time of my life.

Finally an adrenaline rush! The old Zlatan was back and I thought, why should I stick it out?

I’ve got money in the bank. I don’t need to slave away with that idiot of a manager. I could just have fun instead, and look after my family. It was a great time. But it didn’t last long. When we returned to Spain, disaster hit – not straight away, it was more like it crept up, but it was hanging in the air.

There was a massive blizzard. It was like the Spaniards had never seen snow before, and in the hills where we lived there were cars left all over the place. Mino, that fat idiot – that wonderful, fat idiot, I should say, just to prevent any misunderstanding – was shivering like a dog in his street shoes and his summer jacket, and convinced me to take the Audi.

That turned into a complete and utter shambles. We lost control on a downhill slope and crashed into a concrete wall, wrecking the car’s entire right axle. A lot of guys in the team had crashed their cars in the storm, but nobody did it quite as massively as I did. I won the crashing-your-car tournament, and we all had a good laugh about that.

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