Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the most unpredictable and masterful striker of his generation, who is distinguished by good technique, as well as by his own Zlatan-style strikes that gave us dozens of beautiful goals. In addition to football qualities, Ibra has also became famous for his eccentricity, excessive self-confidence and sometimes rudeness. But the problem is that it will be difficult for you to blame the Swede for his behavior or words, as he won trophies for every team he had played in, while by the number of career goals, he only loses to Messi and Ronaldo. The ability to score goals in any situation and by any part of the body made the Swede one of the most dominant forwards in the history of modern football. Today we will recall the top 7 moments from Zlatan’s career, which made him one of a kind.
On August 22, 2004, the entire football world found out about the Swedish tall young guy from Ajax [Ая́кс], when he scored a phenomenal solo goal, making a fool of the opponent’s entire defensive line.
On September 4, 2014, Zlatan scored a double in a friendly match against Estonia [es’təunɪə], and became the top scorer in the history of the Sweden national team. In that match, the forward brought the number of goals scored for the national team to 50. Upon retirement, the Swede [swiːd] took part in 116 matches and scored 62 goals.
On September 16, 2018, the Los Angeles Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the 500th goal in his career. He did it in the match against Toronto in his own karate-style with a one-touch roundhouse kick. Ibrahimovic is the third of the active players, who scored 500 goals in their career. Only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi could do it before.
This is how the Swede reacted to his national team missing the 2014 FIFA World Cup. “One thing is for sure, a World Cup without me is nothing to watch, so it is not worthwhile to wait for the World Cup.”
On November 14, 2012, in a friendly match against England, Ibrahimovic shot a poker, while the match ended with the score 4:2. The fourth goal of the Swede was particularly extraordinary. Zlatan did a 30-meters long bicycle kick, after which the ball flew along the arc path into the net. This “masterpiece” brought Ibrahimovic the 2013 Ferenc Puskas (Фе́ренц Пу́шкаш) award.
In the summer of 2016, Zlatan became the red devil. Many TV pundits said that the 35-year-old forward would become, at best, the team’s “joker” or a rotation player, claiming that the forward is too old to play in Premier League. But Zlatan again became the leader and top scorer. He netted 28 goals in 46 matches for the club.
Zlatan’s debut in the MLS will go down in the history of this tournament. It was the Los Angeles derby, and the Galaxy were losing 2:3 after the 71th minute. The fans in the stands demanded to unleash Ibrahimović on the pitch and soon got what they wanted. On the 77th minute, Zlatan shot from outside the penalty area, and then finished off the opponent in extra time, winning the match 4:3. That day, the league was put on notice that Zlatan had arrived and that the Galaxy had found their new star.
In a post-match interview, the Swede replied “They wanted Zlatan, I gave them Zlatan”.
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