Ibrahimovic invests in AEG with Hammarby

28 Nov 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has invested in AEG Sports and Entertainment, taking a 50% share of the company’s Swedish arm.

The deal will see the former Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Barcelona striker take half of the agency’s stake in Swedish top-flight football club Hammarby.

AEG owns Ibrahimovic’s old club LA Galaxy but also has a minority stake in the Allsvenskan side.

Ibrahimovic said: “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.”

Dan Beckerman,  President and CEO, AEG, said: "Hammarby is one of the most historic clubs in Swedish football and we believe that adding Zlatan Ibrahimovic, one of the world's most respected and experienced players, will create additional opportunities for the club.

"AEG will continue to hold our remaining ownership shares in Hammarby and support the club's operations and development, but now it will be in collaboration with one of the most knowledgeable and iconic players of all time."

Fans of Ibrahimovic’s old club Malmo, who have a rivalry with Hammarby, displayed their unhappiness with the news. A gold statue of the former player, which was erected outside Malmo’s Swedbank Stadion in 2019, was vandalised and set alight by disgruntled fans.