Legendary Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired from international play following Euro 2016. Recently, however, the 36-year-old athlete said that he would be attending the 2018 World Cup in Russia, without specifying in what capacity. Now, we find out that unfortunately, Zlatan will not be playing for Sweden in the world's biggest tournament, reports BBC.

"I talked to Zlatan on Tuesday. He announced he did not change his mind about the national team - it is no," says Swedish FA chief Lars Richt.

Previously, Ibrahimovic participated in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, and in total, he has scored 62 goals in 116 games for his country. Sweden qualified for the 2018 World Cup by beating Italy in a play-off. This was also without Zlatan.

Most recently, Zlatan made his way to the U.S. to play for the LA Galaxy. He netted an absolutely outrageous goal in his debut.

For more on Ibrahimovic's decision not to participate in this year's World Cup, beginning in June, visit BBC.

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