Zlatan Ibrahimovic Will Own Ligue 1 with His Transfer to Paris Saint-Germain

Andrew Jordan@@Andrew_JordanSenior Writer IJuly 18, 2012

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 04:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic of AC Milan during the Dubai Challenge Cup match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and AC Milan at Al-Rashid Stadium on January 4, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been one of the most prolific strikers in world football during the last decade. A two-time winner of the Golden Boot while playing in Serie A, Ibrahimovic will now have a new challenge with Paris Saint-Germain—his fourth club in five years.

Ibrahimovic, of course, just completed this transfer from cash-strapped AC Milan, alongside Thiago Silva (via ESPN).

For Ibrahimovic, this move offers plenty of opportunities, including Champions League football and a chance to win Ligue 1—something that PSG have failed to accomplish in 18 years. 

Ibrahimovic brings an impressive ability to win league titles to the Parc des Princes. In eight of his last nine seasons, Ibrahimovic has won the league on eight occasions, including the two titles won with Juventus that were later stripped in the Calciopoli scandal.

More importantly, Ibrahimovic has found himself joining a club that appears poised to become a giant in European football.

For years, Ligue 1 has always existed as one of the top leagues in Europe. But instead of importing major talents into their league, Ligue 1 existed as a breeder league that would provide great players that would play in England, Germany, Italy and Spain.

But PSG have changed the entire complexion of the league since Qatar Investment Authority took over the club. Players like Javier Pastore and Jérémy Ménez were brought in, along with former Inter Milan manager Leonardo as the club's director and former AC Milan and Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Though many of PSG's transfers played well this past season, they still were unable to capture the league.

That is not to say that those PSG players were not impressive. Last season, PSG scored 75 goals—the most of any club in France.

PSG's Nene tied Olivier Giroud for the league lead in goals with 21.  Nene and Menez were among the top five players in Ligue 1 in assists. These stats are remarkable knowing other offensive stars like Javier Pastore did not break into the top of the leaderboards for most offensive stats.

This is also not including the recently acquired Silva or Ezequiel Lavezzi. Both of these new signings will play an important role with PSG's incredible offensive unit.

Considering that the defensive sides in France are notoriously weaker than their European counterparts, this sets up a great chance for Ibrahimovic to register a fantastic campaign.

Ibrahimovic may have a hard time adapting at first to the new level of play, but he should become the most dynamic player in Ligue 1 next season. Considering that Ibrahimovic has quickly transitioned to his last two clubs (Barcelona and Milan), don't expect many problems with Ibrahimovic at PSG.


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