Zlatan Ibrahimovic turns 34 today, and while that may be a sad reminder that the Sweden international won’t grace football pitches forever, it is a perfect opportunity to celebrate all things Zlatan.
We’ve put together a few of his finest moments on and off the pitch to say a very happy birthday to a man who simply cannot be matched.
We know it will pain many readers, but Zlatan was sensational in netting all four goals against England in a 2012 friendly.
It goes without mentioning that the pick of the quartet in that match was this bonkers, crazy, gravity defying, ridiculously audacious overhead bicycle volley kick. Oh yeah, from 25 yards out too.
There are endless goals Zlatan has scored that make the mind boggle, but we think that one sums him up beautifully.
Aside from being completely unpredictable on the pitch, Zlatan is rather unique in the press room too. Maybe he could do stand-up after hanging up his boots.
When asked how to shake off Stephane Henchoz:
“First I went left, he did too. Then I went right, and he did too. Then I went left again, and he went to buy a hot dog.”
On refusing the offer of a trial at Arsenal:
“Arsene Wenger asked me to have a trial with Arsenal when I was 17. I turned it down. Zlatan doesn’t do auditions.”
On being played out of position at Barcelona:
“You bought a Ferrari but you drive it like a Fiat.”
The PSG man has also booked out his hometown Malmo’s main square on November 25, so the whole town can watch as Zlatan’s French side take on the Swedes in the Champions League.
Egotistical? Maybe. But that’s what makes Zlatan, well, Zlatan.
Ronaldo may have a movie out, Messi may be Messi, but do they have their own catchphrase?
Happy Birthday Zlatan.
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