Zlatan Ibrahimovic is everywhere at the moment. He has his own search engine, zlaaatan.com, he just helped PSG to French Cup glory, and he – shock horror – is causing controversy with comments he made about French referees – link.
Not everyone was convinced with Zlatan’s ability but he has proved his critics wrong in recent years, after he failed to impress under an opposite character in Pep Guardiola at Barcelona.
His unbelievable overhead kick for Sweden that beat England’s Joe Hart is probably the most technically brilliant and daring goal ever scored. It is sad it took that and further impressive displays for Paris Saint Germain for people, such as ex-footballer and pundit, Andy Townsend, to admit Zlatan is world class.
An idiot could see just from watching his outrageous goals for Malmo and Ajax that Zlatan has always been one of the most talented footballers in the world.
“You bought a Ferrari but you drive it like a Fiat.” – Zlatan on being ‘misused’ at Barcelona
In fairness to his doubters, Zlatan has only recently shown what he is capable of on a more consistent, game-to-game basis – at the highest level – as he reaches the latter stages of his career. Although he has the sort of physique that could allow him to play until he is 40!
So I think we have established Zlatan can back up most of his egotistical comments but can he do so on the virtual football pitch?
“Guardiola was staring at me and I lost it. I thought ‘there is my enemy, scratching his bald head!’. I yelled to him: ‘You have no balls!’ and probably worse things than that.”
I am starting a new career on Football Manager 2015 to find out if, when making the game, Sports Interactive thought he was as good as he did. Can he lead PSG to glory? Can he get revenge against old foe Pep Guardiola? Can he perform against an English side in the Champions League? Can he even earn the honour being awarded the Ballon d’Or (or World Player of the Year, as SI put it)?
Keep an eye on the blog to find out :]