On 22 March 2001, a deal between Ajax and Malmö for Ibrahimović was agreed. However he received little playing time under manager Co Adriaanse, but when Adriaanse was sacked on 29 November 2001, new coach Ronald Koeman inserted Ibrahimović into the starting lineup as Ajax won the 2001–02 Eredivisie title.
The next season, Ibrahimović scored twice in a 2–1 victory over French champions Lyon in his Champions League debut on 17 September 2002. He scored four Champions League goals overall as Ajax fell to Milan in the quarter-finals.
In his final season with Ajax, Ibrahimović’s profile rose when he scored a breathtaking goal against NAC on 22 August 2004
This goal was eventually voted the “Goal of the Year” by Eurosport viewers.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic played for Ajax between 2001–2004, making 74 appearances and scoring 35 goals before leaving for Italian giants Juventus for 16 million euros.