Ibrahimović wins Swedish Player of the Year

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Zlatan Ibrahimović won the Player of the Year award in Sweden on Monday to become the first ever to win the award three times.

"Third time's a charm," the 27-year-old said at the Swedish football federation's annual televised gala. "Now it feels like I have been written into the history books."

The Inter Milan striker has scored seven goals in 12 Serie A matches this term, while he also scored two goals for his country at Euro 2008.

"Zlatan is a unique representative of Swedish football at the very highest level," the prize jury said. "With technique and character he has created a space for himself both in the world elite and in Swedish football history."

Ibrahimović, who has played for Juventus, Ajax and Malmo FF, also won the award for best forward and the honorable mention, selected by the public.

The award was presented to him by Pelé, who won his first World Cup in Stockholm in 1958.

"It feels fantastic," Ibrahimović said. "I feel a little bit like Pelé today actually."

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