Zlatan Ibrahimović is enjoying the best football of his career. The 31-year-old Swedish forward is on fire at the moment scoring for fun in the French Ligue 1, hitting the net eighteen times in sixteen games so far. Added into this two goals from six games in the Champions League as well as numerous assists, PSG are reaping the rewards following his €20 million transfer from AC Milan this summer. But it’s not just the volume of goals he is scoring that is impressive, it is the way he is converting his chances than shows how much confidence the player is playing with at the moment. Stunning volleys, lobs, powerful headers, low drives and flicks have made watching the striker a joy this season.
Ibrahimović’s form has transferred to the international scene as well as many saw when Sweden met England back in November at the opening of the Friends Arena, Sweden’s new national stadium. The 6ft 5 in striker was in blistering form, bagging four goals that night including a quite spectacular over head kick from 30 yards out. The goal was shown all around the world and won him praise from players and pundits alike who described the goal as ” phenomenal” and “a combination of unfathomable imagination and expert technique”. Since then, players and fans have tried desperately to try to replicate and better it, without luck. Even the player himself has been trying to knock it off the perch as goal of the century.
His latest attempt came in a match between PSG and Stade Brestois 29 during an exciting match. Shortly after Ibrahimović gave PSG a 1-0 lead, the forward was presented with his next chance. As PSG broke yet again down the right-wing through right back Christophe Jallet, who had supplied the cross for Zlatan’s goal moments earlier, Ibrahimovic pulled away from his two markers, Ahmed Kantari and Johan Martial, giving himself two yards. As Jallet floated in another cross, Ibrahimovic watched its projection but realised that it was going to land slightly behind him. With quick thinking, he adjusted his body and feet before connecting with Jallet’s cross with a outragious scorpion kick with his right foot. The ball flew past the goalkeeper but unfortunately past the far post as well.
In the end the miss mattered not as goals from fellow striker Kevin Gameiro, on for Jérémy Ménez and an own goal by former PSG defender Bernard Mendy sealed a 3-0 victory for the Paris club and kept them top of the league. With Lyon and Marseille in close pursuit, the season may come down to goal difference so PSG will need Ibrahimović’s form in front of goal to maintain through to the end of the season. If the first half of the campaign is anything to go by, Ibrahimović may be the reason why PSG beat the chasing pack to the title this year.
To watch his goal against England, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbslWQh-R_U
To see the scorpion kick attempt, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmFMBdKJX00